The holiday season is meant to be a joyous time of year that allows us to appreciate family, friends, and all the holiday cheer. Unfortunately, many people find themselves struggling this time of year with financial stress, mental health issues, healthy eating, physical activity, or any combination of these topics.
The biggest stressor I typically deal with during the holiday season is making rounds throughout the state to visit family. My wife and I both have parents who are divorced, which makes it extra challenging to fit everyone in. It takes its toll on us mentally and physically as it is expected at each stop that we eat a grand meal.
Below are some tips to help you better deal with holiday stress:
- Pace yourself—do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle.
- Live “in the moment” and enjoy the present.
- Find holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations, going window shopping without buying, and watching the winter weather.
- Keep track of your holiday spending. Overspending can lead to depression when the bills arrive after the holidays are over.
- Limit your consumption of alcohol. Excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of depression.