Simple Practices for Managing Holiday Stress

Songs of the holiday season speak of joy, roasted chestnuts and silver bells. But for some, during the holiday season, it is not always the case. In reality, the added pressures of the season can leave people feeling like they need a holiday from their holiday. The pressure of buying presents, prepping the house for guests, traveling and managing a chaotic calendar of events can lead to physical and emotional discomfort. That’s why we want to equip you with tools and strategies you can use to help you enjoy the holiday season; here are a few:

  • Plan ahead to prevent last minute scrambling.
  • Maintain healthy routines.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Have an honest look at your finances, and make a clear budget.
  • Eat foods that fuel your body and keep your energy high.
  • Make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Pace yourself with activities and don’t be afraid to say no.
  • Prioritize exercise. It will elevate your mood and help you cope with stress.
  • Appreciate the season for the time spent with loved ones.

Everyone experiences stress differently. Talk to your primary care doctor if stress begins to interfere with your quality of life. Don’t have a doctor? Call 208-239-3815 to schedule an appointment with our Primary Care clinic.