Managing Seasonal Stress

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Stress is defined as a feeling that is created when we react to particular events. For most individuals, stress is a normal part of everyday life, but is increased during periods of transition and uncertainty like the holidays.  Holiday stress is often ignored and unrecognized for the negative effects it may have on one’s health. A certain level of stress is healthy but it’s when stress seems to exceed this level that it can become a problem.  If one is able to identify how their body reacts when it becomes stressed, then they are able to screen for the signs and control the issue before it ever escalates out of control. Fortunately, it’s possible to manage and maintain stress at relatively healthy levels by learning how your body reacts when it’s stressed out and monitoring yourself for these signs. Stress can take a toll on the body and even cause a breakdown of one’s immune system but if properly recognized, stress can result in increased productivity and overall healthier physical and emotional health.

There is very little research collected on the effects of mental health in relation to stress but here are a few key tips to avoid getting overly stressed during the holiday season:

  • Be in tune with your emotions: It is healthy to visit all your emotional senses like crying and laughing to any given situation.
  • Be realistic: Holidays hold a sense of tradition but, remain susceptible to change- change is good and a part of reality.
  • Budget: By having a realistic idea of what is in one’s budget, then we won’t have the tendency to overspend or overindulge in the thought of giving.
  • Stay healthy: It is so easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle & bustle, but stick to a healthy routine.  Exercise regularly, get adequate rest and eat in moderation will allow your brain and body to function at its optimal level.
  • Seek help: If you find yourself overwhelmed to a point of emotional or physical strain beyond what you are capable of handling, seek help.

Click here for a few additional tips on preventing holiday stress and depression.

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