For most people, the holiday season inspires hope that the season will bring friendliness, happiness and harmony. Sometimes, however, those feelings of anticipation and excitement can lead to feelings of holiday stress and even depression. Increased demands due to overscheduled social schedules, entertaining responsibilities, gift shopping, decorating, houseguests and increased financial burdens cantake an emotional toll.
Many people who report that they feel “down” over the holidays experience symptoms such sadness, headaches, insomnia, uneasiness, anxiety and increased family stress. As a result, individuals tend to cope by overconsuming in many ways, especially those related to food, drink and spending.
Instead of falling into the trap over overconsumption this year, why not formulate an effective holiday management strategy that will pre-emptively assist you in managing the stress associated with the season? In creating your holiday stress management strategy, consider the three P’s that can contribute to your success: preconceived ideas, planning, and perspective.
As with all strategies, they are meant to be tested and adjusted based on needs and outcomes. This holiday season try to initiate a holiday stress management strategy to help ensure you capture the maximum joy that the holiday season has to offer.