Recipe for Reducing Holiday Stress

One of the best things we can do for ourselves and our loved ones is to enter the holiday season with realistic expectations of how we can feel most connected to ourselves and others.

Stress and depression can ruin our holidays and hurt our health. Being realistic, planning ahead, and seeking support can help ward off stressors and help us create a holiday season that does not feel draining and instead supports our mental wellness.

Tips to reduce holiday stress:

  • Take care of your body and mind. This can include regular exercise, adequate sleep, a healthy diet, and relaxation practices.
  • Identify your priorities and establish boundaries. Consider what is most important and valuable to you during the holidays and keep those a priority.
  • Be realistic. Assess your expectations of yourself and others. Try not to expect the holidays to go perfectly–and realize that you do not have to be perfect.
  • Cultivate gratitude. There is growing research on the benefits of gratitude, particularly on physical, psychological, and relational well-being.
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