HOLIDAY STRESSby EnRichment Place Clinicians on 11/16/17
The holiday season can certainly be a stressful time of year. Between navigating the shopping, cooking, baking, financial stress and attempting to continue the everyday business of life, it can all become too much. And, if you're like me, the late fall and winter seasons can be difficult due to seasonal depression. It all seems to be too much during this time of year and the colder weather coupled with early nightfall can put a damper on just enjoying everyday life. There are answers to these difficulties. First, be sure to treat yourself. Don't spend so much money and time on others that you leave little for yourself. Second, take time to pursue a higher purpose. This could be time to engage in spiritual activities or just to volunteer for a charitable cause. After all, isn't this really what the season is about. Finally, let go of any preconceived notions or what you should be doing. Don't let others put stressful requirements on you. This is your holiday too and so why should you spend it in a state of anxiety. Don't forget to be grateful everyday, this will help keep those winter blues away. Happy Holidays!