Have a No Stress Holiday
Have a no stress holiday. Ah the holidays. The lights, the food, the childlike wonder, and the stress. Even though this is said to be “the most wonderful time of the year”, it is often the most stressful. The holiday season can bring many wonderful things, but also some many unwelcome guests like anxiety, depression. and unresolved grief. But here is a gift for you to minimize, not eliminate, some stress that comes with this time of the year.
*Remember, you cannot rid yourself of stress or anxiety completely. They both have purpose in our lives in certain doses. You can learn to become aware of the warning signs to excessive grief, anxiety, and stress and be proactive and work towards learning new ways to cope and manage better.
How To Have a No Stress Holiday?
-Take a walk
-Read a book
-Take a class
-Listen to music
-Practice breath work
-Get out in nature.
Something that is only for you. It does not have to be for long. 10-15 minutes is sufficient because neglecting you in the short-term can have long-term consequences on your overall physical and mental health.
Take time to prevent added holiday stress. Learn to recognize the triggers to your stress and address them prior to a meltdown or breakdown. Planning ahead and setting realistic goals and expectations can be one step towards taking back the holidays and maybe breaking the cycle of unhelpful events and behaviors.
These are only a few skills that you can use moving forward into the holidays. If you would like to learn more about how your thinking leads to your behaviors and wanting to interrupt your anxiety cycle, please call to schedule a consultation or an appointment. There are a lot of things you can do to work on challenging your thoughts to increase your ability to cope and manage stress effectively on a daily basis. Meet the team at High Expectations Counseling.