S.H.E.: Stress Free Holidays

By Stacie Rose

Daily News Corespondent

 

Ringing in the holidays, according to the greeting card industry and commercials, are supposed to be a joyous time of year, but for some individuals, it can be stressful and even depressing. Greenville psychologist and director of Community Hope House Counseling, John Pellett, provides both signs and management skills to help alleviate some of the stress of the season.

 

“One (way to avoid stress) is to maintain an attitude of wanting to have fun and enjoying the holidays versus thinking that certain events have to happen a certain way – just go to have fun and enjoy it,” Pellett stated. “Part of the attitude change also means setting aside differences for family get togethers.”

 

While the holidays can be a joyous and celebratory time, many people often face depression from a sense of not meeting expectations or even grief over the loss of a loved one. It is important to acknowledge these feelings and recognize it is okay to be feeling differently than others.

 

According to Pellett, it is important to be fiscally responsible and not overspend as it can easily result in anxiety right after the holidays. It is also important to plan ahead so there isn’t last minute scrambling. Another way to avoid unnecessary stress is to be certain to remain physically active and make healthy food choices. Pellett also suggests meditation and taking time for relaxing activities, such as a warm bath or a walk.

 

“Part of enjoying oneself during the holidays is having the right to say ‘no’ and this will keep the activities manageable,” Pellett

 

Watch for the following signs for stress: Angry outbursts, overeating, sleep disturbances, headaches, body aches, feelings of sadness or depression and drug and/or alcohol abuse.

Some ways to help avoid stress is to implement some of the following suggestions: Start new family traditions, restart old traditions, limit alcohol consumption, count your blessings and quell an attitude of wanting or expecting more rather than being grateful for what you already have.

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