LIFE BALANCE

Coping with Holiday Stress

By Katharine Paljug @kpaljug
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November 22, 2017

Do you feel anxious when you think about the holidays? Learn concrete ways of coping with holiday stress and improving your emotional health.

If thinking about the approaching holiday season is increasing your stress levels, you aren’t alone.

A survey released by the American Psychological Association found that most people associate the holidays with three things: positive feelings of love, a chance to connect with family and friends, and near-constant stress.

Some people feel financial stress, worrying about the cost of gifts and travel. Others feel overwhelmed by the number of social commitments they feel obligated to make. Women in particular report feeling pressure to get too much done, from holiday activities at home to year-end projects at work.

If you are worried about coping with holiday stress, you can take specific, practical steps to protect your emotional health and reduce feelings of anxiety, leaving you more time to enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones.

 

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Updated:  

November 22, 2017

Reviewed By:  

Janet O’Dell, RN