Shannon Brady
Writer & Editor

Statistically, the Christmas season is the most stressful of the year for many Americans. Common stressors, according to studies performed by organizations such as MedHealth and the American Psychological Association, include:

●     Lack of money
●     Lack of time
●     Pressure to buy presents/chaotic shopping environments
●     Preparation for parties or family events (cleaning, cooking, traveling, etc.)
●     Anticipating conflict between family and friends
●     Being separated from family and friends
●     Health concerns/contracting illnesses such as COVID-19
●     Commercialism and intense hype surrounding Christmas

As much as we all want to make the holiday season its best, it’s a holiday, not a competition. Protecting your physical and mental health should be your highest priority. Actively practicing self-care is a good way of making this time of the year pleasurable instead of harmful: remember that these tips can be helpful all year round, not just during holidays!

●     Determine what aspects of the season stress you out most and make a plan to deal with them ahead of time
●     If you do not celebrate Christmas and are stressed by the constant oversaturation of the holiday, focus on you instead: try to do things to make this time of year as enjoyable as possible, your way
●     Remember that it’s the thought of your gifts that counts, not the price tag
●     Remember that it’s always okay to say no
●     Focus on the parts of the holiday that you enjoy most
●     Try mindfulness and meditation
●     Reduce alcohol consumption or cut it out entirely
●     Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink the recommended amount of water
●     Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night
●     If you go shopping, plan out your shopping ahead of time and avoid impulse buying/shopping to relieve stress
●     Vent your frustrations in a healthy manner such as journaling or exercise

If you regularly speak to a therapist or other mental health professional, continue consistent sessions. If you don’t, consider reaching out: consulting a third party trained to help you work

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