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Avoiding Holiday Stress

The holidays are a particularly stressful time for many Americans. If your days have you feeling anxious, you aren’t alone. Here are some tips to help you find your Zen among the holiday chaos.


Make a List

If you find yourself rattling off a to-do list in your head but you don’t have it all written down it’s easy to forget things. Creating a list will provide you with a concrete plan to help you stay on task and on schedule. Put the most pressing items on the top of the list and try not to jump to the next project until you finish the first one.


Get Moving 

…And we don’t mean to the mall. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, boost endorphins and help battle those holiday blues. Carve out even just 20 to 30 minutes of each day just for you to enjoy a brisk walk around your neighborhood or a session at your favorite gym. However you like to work out is entirely up to you, the key is just to make sure that you do it.


Accept Limitations

While magazines and TV shows certainly like to make it seem as if everyone out there is making a picture-perfect meal, getting the kids to bed on time, not bickering with family and creating house decorations that would rival Martha Stewart, this is far from the actual truth. Acknowledge that this isn’t realistic. Choose the things that matter the most to you this year and stick with that plan. And don’t forget to ask family and friends for help.


Unplug and Unwind 

In this day and age it can be difficult to put away the electronics but unplugging from your smartphone, email and computer can provide you with more free time than you may have realized (and also reduce your stress). Set parameters for everyone in the family when it comes to putting electronics away. Being plugged into the news and goings-on in the world can certainly keep you informed but can also contribute to feeling down and blue.


Know When to Seek Help 

The holidays are supposed to be a festive time; however, if you are dealing with burnout, symptoms of anxiety or depression, or other issues that are affecting your ability to enjoy the holidays then give us a call. We are here to help.


We hope you enjoy this season and many seasons to come with those you love. Stay healthy so you can continue to make beautiful memories.

The information is provided to you by Dr. Joe Gorz at Neighborhood Primary Care.

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