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By On December 14th, 2016

Overcoming Holiday Stress

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Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital

Holidays are fun times, but it can also be a trigger for holiday depression. Typically, the biggest cause of holiday stress is the family. For some, it is end of year taxes, obligations, loneliness or complicated family relationships. For some, feelings of sadness can spike during the holiday season.

How we cope with holiday stress is by developing a coping strategy. We know ahead of time that painful memories will come. For many, loved ones may have passed away during the holiday season in previous years, and reminders of that every year can be painful. A way to cope with those memories is to celebrate the holiday’s  and the life of your loved one. The Christmas tree is a symbol of life.

If you say to yourself, “I will be better once the holidays are over,” this is not a healthy reaction. Over time we learn to cope during seasonal blues, but for some, it is recommended that they see a mental health professional to receive the support they need.

This season, choose not to be alone as you are valuable to God, and He needs you to be there for someone else. A shift toward helping others can help on several levels.

If you feel overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle, cut some of the activities out and make time for yourself to rest. Simplify your life, for this season is also a time of rest. Avoid unhealthy or toxic relationships and try to enjoy yourself with family and friends. Learn to delegate this holiday season. Don’t feel like you have to do it all yourself.  Your number one priority this holiday season is to take care of yourself.

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