The holidays can be a joyful time, offering a chance to reconnect with friends and family. But they can also be stressful. You may feel pressure to buy and give gifts. Maybe you are worried about money. The holidays can also be hectic. There never seems to be enough time to get things done.
Think about the kinds of events that trigger stress for you during the holidays. Then you can focus on one or two things you can do that will help the most to reduce stress. Here are some ideas:
Preparing for the holidays
During the holidays
You may not be able to avoid stressful situations during the holidays. But you can plan to respond to them in a healthy way.
Other Works Consulted
- Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (2006). Holiday stress. Study conducted for the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Available online: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2006/12/holiday-stress.pdf.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry|
|Last Revised||April 20, 2011|
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