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Handling the Holiday Season: Stress and Time Management

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The end of the year can either be the most wonderful time of the year or the most stressful. With the holidays in full swing, spending at a high, and un-met resolutions haunting you, it all can seem overwhelming. The pressure of the holidays can be a lot to handle, but there are a few ways to hopefully minimize some of that stress.

Acknowledge your feelings. If you’re not necessarily happy around the holidays, that‘s okay. Accept and acknowledge the feelings that you are dealing with. You can’t cope with your thoughts and emotions if you are in denial about how you feel.

Take a break. If you are feeling the pressure of your holiday to-do list, take a break. Focus your attention on something that is not holiday related at all. This can be anything from grabbing a cup of coffee and enjoying a good read to getting your car washed.  

Focus on the good. It is so easy to get caught up in everything that we have to get done and to fixate on the negative things in life. Instead, focus on the good things that are present, whether that’s your family, your health or even the fact that you made it through another year.

Plan for holiday stress. The holidays can come fast and it can, at times, seem as if you have very little time to get everything done. Some of this stress is avoidable if you create a plan and stick to it. Create a budget for the holidays well in advance. Set aside days specifically for gift shopping, meal preparation and visiting with guests.

Say no. Taking on too much can lead to unnecessary stress and cause avoidable problems. Saying no to certain things can make time for other things that are more important to you.

If the holiday stress ever gets to be too overwhelming, reaching out for help is okay. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to close family or friends, there are several other options that you can explore. A licensed professional may be able to help with prevention of holiday stress and positive ways to cope with it. Warmlines are another option. Warmlines are phone numbers you can call when you just simply need someone to talk to. Another option is reaching out to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) to be connected to an anonymous peer. The purpose is to provide a safe space for individuals. If at any point you feel an overwhelming amount of anxiety and depression, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 and they can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.

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