Invest in social connections
The busyness and frequent social events of the holidays don’t always have to be a source of stress.
Research shows that having positive social relationships can help reduce stress levels and improve your emotional well-being. The holidays can help reinforce these relationships, allowing you to spend time with family and connect with friends.
For families, the AAP suggests focusing on quality times together that aren’t about spending large amounts of money. Homemade gifts, religious services, or low-key family gatherings are all ways to reinforce family connections without increasing stress levels.
For those who aren’t going to see family, spending time with friends can be just as beneficial for lowering your stress levels and improving your emotional health.
Volunteering, in particular, has been shown to create social support networks, lower stress levels, and improve overall health and well-being. The AAP and CDC both recommend setting aside time during the holiday season to volunteer as a way of improving both your community and your own mental health.
April 02, 2020
Janet O’Dell, RN