Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Prevent Holiday Exhaustion, Disappointment and Burnout
To control your stress during the holidays, it’s important to have a balance of socializing with others and being by yourself. Give yourself time to reflect on the past year and time to think about what you want for the coming year. Set one or two goals for next year. This doesn’t mean a lengthy New Year’s Resolution list, but a few things you want to accomplish.
Keep a positive attitude. Find something you enjoy in each activity and event. Limit time with negative people as much as you can.
It’s important that you take care of yourself throughout the year and especially important during the holidays. This means watching what you eat and drink, getting enough rest and exercising. Take care of your own needs and pace yourself.
If you are getting together with relatives or returning to your parent’s home, anticipate what might happen and be prepared with a non-defensive response. Be realistic about your family and don’t use holiday celebrations to settle old conflicts. Plan on taking a quiet walk when people get to be too much.
Remember to engage in fun activities that aren’t costly so that you can focus on the true meaning and essence of the holidays. As a family, plan an event which involves helping the less fortunate.
Spend time individually with each child so they get the attention they need during the busy holiday season.
Practicing stress management exercises will help control your stress, too. For a free on-line stress management workshop ,go to: http://hillsboroughfcs.ifas.ufl.edu/Stress-Management.html