MINIMIZE YOUR STRESS BY RECOGNIZING YOUR STRESSORS
The holiday season is here – the days are getting shorter and darker and we look forward to the festivities, to the laughter and visits to friends and family or, perhaps, a well-deserved holiday. For some, however, the Christmas period is not so cheerful since it is the time when one looks back at another year gone by. Perhaps you have lost someone dear or have become estranged from family and friends due to changes in your personal life. And you feel very lonely. Regardless how you get by during this period, the festive season always comes with an unwelcome guest: stress. All that extra pressure and expense can be at a cost, not just to your wallet but also your health.
- Build resilience by allocating several times each day time for breathing exercises, meditation or other relaxation techniques
- Don’t abandon healthy habits
- Eat and drink in moderation
- Get enough sleep
- Learn to say no, plan less and enjoy more
- Budget your Christmas expenses
- Suggest a change to your family and friends as regards to giving presents this year
- With blended families plan ahead and set aside your differences in favour of the children • Don’t expect to be stress and hassle free – have realistic expectations
- Acknowledge your feelings
- Be prepared, plan ahead, make a list of gifts and shop early
Keep your cool for Christmas this year by implementing some of the practical tips described above. Minimize your stress by recognizing your stressors and by starting to practice regular health promoting behaviour to reduce their impact. With a little planning, preparation and a positive frame of mind you too can enjoy this Season of Light.