The holidays should be a time of joy and excitement, and for many people, they are. Still, the anxiety of having too much to do, too little time and the tendency to overspend can easily overshadow holiday happiness. With some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays
- Get organized. Make lists or use an appointment book to keep track of tasks to do and events to attend. Remember you are only oner person, and you can only do so much. Be realistic with how much you can handle during the holiday season.
- Know your spending limit. Shop with a list and a budgeted amount of what you’ll spend. Set a budget, and don’t spend more than you’ve planned.
- Be realistic. Try not to put pressure on yourself to create the perfect holiday for your family. Remind yourself of the cultural or spiritual meaning of the holidays. Try to value the time you spend with loved ones and friends.
- Keep a regular sleep, meal, and exercise schedule. Don’t forget about your own needs. Taking care of yourself will help you deal with stressful situations during the holidays.
- Get support if needed. The holidays can be a difficult time for those that have lost family or friends, or for those that may not be able to be with loved ones. If you are struggling to cope, contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 800-245-1150 for confidential support and guidance.
Take Charge. Live Well!