The holiday season can be overstimulating for some and lonely for others.
During the next few months, we want to remind everyone to slow down (when
possible) and enjoy the time spent with family, friends, pets, or just taking
time for yourself. Below are ways to manage your stress during this time to
make the most of the season:
Focus inward and recognize your feelings. Sometimes the
hustle and bustle of the season can lead to a mix of feelings. Happiness one
day and sadness or anxiety the next. Remember that it is ok to feel your
feelings and acknowledge when you may need to take some time for yourself.
Reach out. If you are feeling lonely or isolated, seek out
family, community, or social events to connect with fellow humans. Dr. Reddy
from our Dallas office
reminds us that taking
time to connect with others can activate more beneficial processes, such as
the release of oxytocin, which lowers cortisol and reduces pain.
Make a list (and check it twice if needed). Be realistic
with your planning and goals these next few months. As families grow and
change, so can traditions and rituals. Don’t put too much pressure on
yourself to make things ‘perfect’, and abide by your budget and
time management. Make it work for you.
Set aside 30 minutes a day for mental or physical health.
Get outside and take a walk, add in extra steps while holiday shopping by
not taking the escalator, start your morning with a healthy breakfast, or
take time to meditate.