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Wednesday, December 10, 2014



Tips for Coping with: Stress, Depression & the Holidays
Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression.
When stress is at its peak, it's hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.
  1. Identify with your feelings. If someone close to you has recently passed or you can't be with loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.
  2. Step outside the box. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
  3. Don't set unrealistic expectations. The holidays don't have to be perfect or "just like last year." As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can't come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails, videos or have everyone get together, via web access, such as Skype or Google Hangouts.
  4. Enjoy others and be accepting. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they're feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
5. Know your budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget.

6. Remember why we give gifts. Don't try to buy happiness or "one-up" others with an avalanche of gifts. Be creative, personalize gifts to each individual and it will make them feel special. Don't go out of your way to buy gifts for every living relative or every kid in your child's class. If you must provide gifts for people you're not close to, stick with the basics and your budget. Gift Cards and Gift Certificates are an easy way to ensure this.

7. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That'll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.

8. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. If it's not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
9. Remember your healthy habits. Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.Try these suggestions:
    • Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don't go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Take a mood enhancing supplement such as NSP's AnxiousLess
    • Incorporate regular physical activity into each day. Make it family occasion, such as: going for a walk to see Christmas Lights, Playing an outdoor game, etc.
10. Give of Yourself. Sometimes your time and attention is the best possible gift. During this time it's easy to be distracted and ignore others. Set aside time for each of your kids, your spouse, your dearest friend, etc. Donating your time to a charity is also a great gift to your community as well. Celebrate what the holidays were intended for, happiness and family, and pass along the good cheer.

11. Take "ME" time. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

12. Let It Go. Sometimes we get annoyed with others when they offer to help. Other times we ignore them because YOU have to do everything -OR- "they just wont do it the right way". Create a list of the important tasks that only you can truly handle and delegate the remaining to others. Remember, no one is perfect...and stressing yourself out will only show this. People want to help this time of year, often they feel uncomfortable if they cant (especially if their guests). So help these folks out, stress less and learn to let go!

Take control of the holidays

Don't let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the holidays. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.

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