Managing Holiday Stress

By: Rebecca Fliszar, RD

 

It is the most wonderful time of the year again—the holidays! While most of us look forward to spending time with family, eating delicious meals and enjoying time at home, holiday stress can dampen our spirits. The following tips will allow you to enjoy the upcoming festivities, and keep your stress level in check.

• Set a schedule. Ensure that you leave ample time for the day’s activities to be completed. Build in travel time, and time for events to run late.

 
• Limit alcohol. Alcohol can slow our thought process, lead to poor judgment, and trigger depression in some individuals. Drink alcohol in moderation to ensure you are able to enjoy all the holiday festivities. 


• Get ample sleep. Poor sleep habits are one of the leading causes of stress. A good night’s sleep will leave you energized and refreshed for another day of festivities. 


• Maintain a healthy eating plan. Weight gain and guilt are also triggers for stress. Continue to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables throughout the day to keep you full, and away from the candy dish. 


• Get plenty of exercise. The production of endorphins when exercising will naturally reduce stress. 


• Set realistic expectations. With a limited number of hours in the day, we must analyze what can realistically be accomplished. Decide on the most important tasks for completion through the holiday season, eliminate less important tasks, and enjoy the shorter list you have created.

 

The holiday season will pass quickly. Work to reduce your stress level and embrace this exciting time of the year