The holiday season is typically seen as a happy time of year when stress, worries and anxiety magically give way to happiness, love and a sense of good will to all. While this is a nice thought, it is simple not a reality for most people. The holiday season is one of the most stressful over the year as people struggle to find the right gift, host the perfect party or create the best ever holiday season.
Top this off with having to interact with relatives and family that may you may not have the best relationship with and you definitely have a recipe for increasing, not decreasing, stress.
Stress can cause significant emotional as well as physiological responses. People under stress may have several of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty sleeping, relaxing, concentrating or focusing
- Exhaustion and fatigue
- Increased illnesses, rapid heartbeat, digestive problems
- Anxiety, irritability, atypical anger or irrational types of behaviors
- Feeling overwhelmed or experiencing racing thoughts
- Having difficulty staying positive
- Feeling lonely, unhappy, isolated o
Coping with stress can include both mental and physical options. These can include:
- Learning breathing techniques to allow you to take control of your physiological responses and relax. Yoga is terrific for this.
- Increase your physical activity in a structured exercise, walking or weight training program to boost energy levels and positive brain chemicals associated with exercise.
- Learning relation techniques such as progressive relation to enhance your ability to stay calm and to get to sleep.
- Make time every day to do something you enjoy. Make this a priority not sometime you do if you have time.
- Find someone to talk to that will help you manage your stress.
It is important to identify what is causing you to experience stress and then plan a way to minimize or eliminate that source of stress. To get started stop and reflect on what is happening that is causing you stress. Once you have identified the source you can then start to develop a plan to enhance your ability to cope, manage and thrive even in times of stress.
What causes you stress and what are the strategies or techniques that you use to cope and manage?
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