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12 Days of Coping with Holiday Stress

The holiday season tends to be a happy, festive, and fun time for many people. For others, however, December is a very stressful or depressing month. You may find yourself with long to-do lists or dealing with unwanted out of town guests.  On the other hand, you may even be very lonely and sad. You may even find yourself somewhere in the middle. Fortunately there are things you can control to get through the holiday season.

  1. Set realistic expectations for yourself and others to set yourself up for success. Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle. It is okay to say “No.” A major cause of stress can be saying “yes” to too many people.
  2. Prioritize your most important holiday activities. You may want to do all of the holiday activities, but this can lead to increased stress and fatigue. Pick to participate in the most important activities to you.
  3. Share the responsibilities of preparing for the holidays. Ask others to bring food to the holiday celebration instead of taking on buying and preparing all of the food.
  4. Live and enjoy the present. Be present in your own life. Focus your thoughts and energy on today and not on the good old days of the past.
  5. If you are lonely, volunteer your time to help others. Find an organization or cause you are passionate about and ask about volunteer opportunities. Or be proactive and create and alternative family with those whose company you enjoy.
  6. Find free or low cost holiday activities, such as look at holiday decorations, watch a favorite holiday movie, bake cookies, or gather together with friends or family over a cup of tea or coffee.
  7. Make new traditions. Celebrate the holidays differently than in the past. Traditions may change as our families grow larger or smaller. It can be challenging to welcome new traditions. Emphasis the positive aspects of the new traditions and verbalize the positives with others.
  8. Spend time around people you enjoy who are caring and supportive of you.
  9. Make time to connect with a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while. Talk with them on the phone, or even better is to see them in person.
  10. Keep track of holiday spending. Overspending can increase stress in the upcoming year. Are expensive gifts truly the meaning of the holiday season?
  11. Eat nutritious foods. The food we eat has a great impact on the way we feel. Eat lousy food and you may feel lousy too. Choose fresh foods from the perimeter of the grocery store and limit processed food. Keep your consumption of high fat and high calorie foods to a minimum.
  12. Get some form of physical activity every day, even if it is for ten minutes. Go for a walk ideally outside if weather permits or put on your favorite music and dance!

 As you can see, there are at least twelve things you can do to enjoy the holiday season. 

Grapevine 12/4

CUP OF HEALTH COFFEE TALKS | COPING WITH STRESS THROUGH JOURNALING
Stressed out? This one-hour presentation will discuss chronic stress and its impact on physical and mental health. Participants will be introduced to and practice journaling as a coping technique to protect their well-being.

  • Wednesday, December 4th 10 AM - 11 AM
  • Stoney Creek Adult Community-  S69W14142 Tess Corners Dr. Muskego, WI
  • Registration: Anita Cook (414-422-4686)
  • Facebook Event

Blood Pressure 12/10

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
Stop by The Food Pantry of Waukesha County where a Waukesha County Public Health nurse will be providing Free Blood Pressure Screenings with health education. Registration is not required -- just show up! We provide same day results! There is no cost to attend and this event is open to the public.

  • Tuesday, December 10th 12:30 PM - 3 PM
  • The FOOD Pantry Serving Waukesha County - 1301 Sentry Dr. Waukesha, WI
  • Facebook Event

Grapevine 12/18

CUP OF HEALTH COFFEE TALKS | COPING WITH STRESS THROUGH JOURNALING
Stressed out? This one-hour presentation will discuss chronic stress and its impact on physical and mental health. Participants will be introduced to and practice journaling as a coping technique to protect their well-being.

  • Wednesday, December 18th 10 AM - 11 AM
  • Stoney Creek Adult Community-  S69W14142 Tess Corners Dr. Muskego, WI
  • Registration: Anita Cook (414-422-4686)
  • Facebook Event