Indulge In….Healthy Living This Holiday Season. Part 3 Tips for Holiday Peace of Mind

Dec 16, 2015 | News

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The Christmas and holiday season is a time when many of us look forward to spending time with family & friends. I’d venture a guess that a lot of us have a personal view of the “perfect Christmas season” formed either from childhood memories, books or Christmas movies. We focus on trying to achieve the “perfect experience” but adding extra pressures of the cooking, cleaning, shopping & entertaining into the mix, striving for the ideal may find us struggling with anxiety and stress because it isn’t coming together as we imagined. The Canadian Mental Health Association has tips to help with holiday stress & ways to find holiday peace of mind:

  1. Plan ahead. If you’re entertaining, use the “keep it simple” strategy. Think about preparing food ahead and freezing. Decorate, cook, shop, or do whatever’s on your list in advance, then relax and enjoy.
  2. As much as possible, organize and delegate. Make a list and check it twice and get family involved in the preparations. You don’t have to do it all!
  3. Beware of overindulgence. Eating well, exercising regularly and getting a good night’s sleep can help you battle stress, winter blues, even colds.
  4. Stay within budget. Finances are still a great stressor for many people. Set a budget, and stay within it.
  5. Remember what the holiday season is about for you. Make that your priority. Fun or silly things to do, games or movies that make you laugh, playing with pets, and time alone or with a partner are all good ways to reduce stress.
  6. Invite others. If you have few family or friends, reach out to neighbours and invite someone you know is alone to your gathering.
  7. Connect with your community. Attend diverse cultural events, volunteer your time or donate clothes you don’t wear or toys children no longer play with.
  8. Gift-giving made easier and less expensive. Refocus energies on thoughtfulness, creativity and truly personal gifts.
  9. Remember the weather doesn’t help. If your low mood carries on into the new year and starts to affect your daily life, you should see your family doctor.
  10. Learn stress-busting skills you can use year-round. CMHA offers two free, effective programs to help develop skills to solve problems, practice assertiveness and healthy thinking and build confidence. visit www.llttf.ca or www.bouncebackbc.ca.(you can also find information at staffmentalhealth.providencehealthcare.org)
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