The holiday season is a time of festivity and merriment, rediscovering the joys of family bonds and spending time with your loved ones. However unmet expectations, financial strains and conflicted relationships may bring a lot of stress during this period of time. These pressures may cause detriment to personal mental health and it is important especially during the holiday period to be able to identify triggers of stress and manage them.
The following are suggestions to help you enjoy a less stressful holiday season:
Take care of yourself.
Whilst the holiday season is about spending time with loved ones and rekindling bonds, it is also a period to relax and attend to your own personal needs and feelings.
The holiday season may bring challenges to relationships due to factors involving expectations and financial strains. Positive relationships with family and friends are important. When relationships are strained, defuse arguments, adjust your expectations and don’t get caught up in others’ disagreements.
Stay within your budget.
Plan your holiday spending, and stick to it! Financial strain has been reported as one of the most significant components of holiday stress, and the fall out of overspending can continue well into the New Year.
Ask for help.
Whether it’s financial difficulties, conflicted relationships or any other factors causing detriment to mental health, it is important to learn to reach out and ask for help. Family members, co-workers, supervisors, family doctors, employee assistant programs, are all possible sources of assistance.