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Heartland Behavioral Health Services- Managing Holiday Stress- December 16, 2013

Alyson Harder has some tips on handling the stress of the holiday season.

1st segment: Managing Holiday Stress

It's easy to feel overwhelmed during the holiday season --with shopping, parties, decorating, baking, and the inevitable stress of unwanted obligations.  The holidays have the potential to create additional challenges this year. Few people seem to have extra resources to spend on gifts, parties and extravagances. Families are cutting back, employees are worrying about job security, and seniors are concerned about their retirement.  A few things to consider:

It is normal to feel overwhelmed during the holiday season. The pressure to have the perfect holiday can be extraordinary

It is important to put things in perspective and realize that the materialism of the holidays isn’t the real spirit of the season. The holidays are about family and togetherness, not tinsel and presents

There are conscious steps you can take to prevent holiday stress and ensure a worry-free season.Take Time for yourself

Practice your self-care-ensure you are drinking water, watching your food and alcohol intake

This is an even more critical time to exercise

Prioritize and learn the word, “NO!”

Continue your normal routines as much as possible

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Have realistic expectations

Remember what is important-BE PRESENT

                     Seek support when overwhelmed
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