Practice Self-Care Abundantly
The holiday season is a very stressful time of the year. Even enjoyable activities can be stressful — cooking, shopping, baking, buying presents, and decorating to name just a few. If the coronavirus virus is prevalent and on the rise in your community, you may be feeling additional stress, or you may be worrying about you and your loved ones’ health and well-being. You may also feel stressed, sad, lonely or anxious because your holiday plans have been derailed.
Practical tips can help you navigate the demands of the holidays with minimal stress. You may even find the holidays enjoyable despite how different it may look this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are 5 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress:
- Stick to a Budget – Making a holiday spending plan will help lessen your stress, plus it will keep you from overspending and potentially racking up debt this holiday season.
- Acknowledge your feelings – It is normal to feel sadness and grief related to the loss of loved ones or if you are way and can’t be with loved ones.
- Reach Out – If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or social events. Volunteering is also a great way to lift your spirit and provide opportunities to make new connections.
- Learn to Say No – Saying yes when you really should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and family will/should understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity.
- Don’t Abandon Healthy Habits – Do not let the holidays become an eating and drinking free-for-all and excuse not to keep up your exercise routine. Overindulgence can lead to stress and guilt.
Wishing you peace, love, joy, health, and happiness this holiday season!
Peace & Blessings ~ Dr. Gwen
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