Holiday Stress: Self Care

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scalp_massageOne of the most important things to remember during the holiday season is to take care of yourself. Self-care is critically important all year round, but particularly when you are under a lot of stress. These three tips are to help you manage your stress by taking care of your self. When you're feeling relaxed and well, you'll enjoy the holiday so much more!

Take time for yourself. It is imperative that you maintain your energy, perspective, and confidence in yourself. Certainly, saying no sometimes, keeping calm, communicating clearly, and attending to your own feelings takes care of you. You will also want to use healthy habits, rest when necessary, and take care of any feelings and behaviors that are out of your control. Do what you think will be comfortable for you. Remember, you can always choose to do things differently next time. Everybody has different preferences for how they "recharge". With the holiday season well under way, think about what yours is:

  • Reach out. Some people thrive on social interactions, and feel recharged after spending a night out with friends. If you feel lonely or isolated, or simply need to get out of the house, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships. 
  • Take a breather. Conversely, perhaps you feel burnt out on people?Schedule some solo time. Spend just 15 minutes without distractions or interruptions. This will refresh you enough so you can handle what you need to do. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Luxuriate in a bath. Stroke your pet. Breathe deeply. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

You will definitely appreciate carving some time out of your schedule to recharge. It will make the holidays easier and more enjoyable. Our final "Holiday Stress" blog entry will offer some practical tips on dealing with difficult personalities. 

Read the past blogs in the "Holiday Stress" series!

Communication and Frustration

Staying Balanced

Sources of Holiday Stress

Preparing for the Holiday Season

Family Profiles