Holiday celebrations are loved by everyone. Hanukkah, Christmas or any holiday are amazing, but they can also be very stressful. 1 in every 10 people who have mental health problems can’t cope with the holidays. 41% even get into debt!
69% of people don’t have time or money for anything. 51% are under great pressure to give or get any gifts. One half of the people just want to skip the holidays.
The stress results with various health problems like loss of appetite, problems with sleeping, a decline in productivity, headaches, problems concentrating, negativity and great exhaustion.
Why celebrating is stressful?
People eat and drink more during the holidays. This definitely impacts they mental health. They can’t cope with the routine and just can’t adapt to an environment that is different.
People also feel a lot of social pressure to spend time with someone’s family. Many of them have lost a family member, some live far away and some aren’t religious. This only causes a sense of exclusion. People also feel great pressure to act happy or cheerful.
These are some of the best ways to fight holiday stress:
Do something you really want to do
Many people do things that are expected of them for the holidays. That’s why they feel a lot of pressure. Do what you want instead and try to enjoy and relax during the holiday season. Plan some regular breaks with reading, walking, dancing or anything you find relaxation in.
Organize the chaos
People buy lots of gifts as well as things for the home during the holiday season, so it’s extremely important to plan everything ahead. Make sure you have a shopping list as well as a spending limit. You won’t be stressed financially and you’ll be organized. You won’t ever feel chaotic.
You must know what is too much for you. You may think that spending 5 hours with your family is too much, so make them 4. Your mental well-being needs to come first.
Keep your expectations realistic
You have to know how important the holidays are for you and what do they mean to you. Your expectations need to be reasonable and possible.
Avoid being competitive
Never compare yourself to others about the gifts, decorations, food etc. That only signifies unhappiness. Everyone is different. Make sure you support anyone and don’t compete with them!
Maintain the other mental health basics
Everything is a routine when it comes to the holidays. You need to pay attention to yourself, your well-being, how well you sleep, do you exercise etc. Do whatever makes you feel like it’s the normal time of year. It will really help you to go back to your basics.
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