A Not So Happy Holiday: Managing Stress, Grief, and Anxiety
With the holidays coming upon us we often focus on the merry & bright, but for many there is another side to the holidays.
A time of grief and stress. Grief from missing our loved ones that have passed on and stress from family, finances and work.
During this time there are several coping mechanisms that you can put into place to help you get through the rough times and make the most of your holidays.
The most important thing is to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Stress and grief can be made worse by a lack of self-care. Be sure to eat balanced healthy meals, get in 20 minutes of moderate exercise, sleep 7-8 hours each night and take time for yourself. When you have “me” time you may choose to meditate, read a book or get a massage. These items will not only help with relaxation, but will help you feel in control and conquer your stress.
When coping with grief and loss do not feel that you have to suffer silently. Be open with your friends and family. Share stories about your loved one and do something special in their memory for the holidays. You can make a donation to a charity that meant a lot to them, watch their favorites sports game or visit their favorite restaurant.
The most important thing to help you have Happy Holidays is to have a positive attitude. Don’t dwell on the negative or everything that needs to get done. Instead think about the things you have accomplished and what you are looking forward to this holiday season. If you are having a hard time doing this. Plan something special for yourself. Ultimately, you control your own happiness.
So, what are you going to do to be happy this holiday season?