Stress During the Holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate the season with family and friends; however, the accompanying stress can oftentimes be overwhelming. So much of our time is spent cooking, shopping, getting the house ready and attending events that stress is inevitable. Once you add in the various personalities of family members and friends, the stress can be intensified. Try these tips to help manage any stress that comes with the season this year:

Eat well. Don’t skip meals. Fueling our bodies is necessary to help keep our energy high and stress maintained.

Ask for help. If you’re hosting, get help preparing food or setting it out. If you feel overloaded, try to delegate what you can.

Maintain focus. Recall the reason(s) you’re celebrating the holidays. When stress becomes overwhelming and you’re on the go, slow down and regain your focus for the season.

Remember to have fun. Play games with family members and share in good memories.

Don’t overdo it. Don’t attend every single event you’re invited to. Don’t buy a gift for everyone you know. Don’t host if you’re worried it might be too overwhelming. There’s no reason to put too much on your plate and stress yourself out when this should be a time of celebration and joy. Don’t be afraid to say no.

Slow down, enjoy the season and remember why you celebrate. If stress is getting the best of you and your mental health benefits are through BHS, your designated Care Coordinator can help you get the assistance you need. Call 800-245-1150 to learn more.