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The holidays can be a stressful time for many people.

From financial obligations to family pressures, the hustle and bustle of the season often leaves us feeling overwhelmed. But why is this the case?

One of the major contributors to holiday stress is our focus on creating the ‘perfect’ experience. We put too much pressure on ourselves to make sure that everything goes right, and when it inevitably doesn’t, we feel stressed and disappointed. We also tend to forget that some of best things about the holidays aren’t found in material items or elaborate events – they’re found in spending quality time with loved ones and making meaningful memories together.

The added responsibility of gift-shopping and travel arrangements can also increase our stress levels during this time of year. Many people try to do too much and end up becoming overwhelmed by all their obligations. To stay sane and enjoy the festivities, it’s important to set realistic expectations for yourself and take breaks when needed.

holidays dinner with friends trigger substance abuse

holidays dinner with friends trigger substance abuse

It’s not just individuals who feel the pressure during this time; businesses are affected as well. Many retailers rely heavily on holiday sales for their yearly profits, so understandably there is added pressure to perform well during this period. For employees of these companies, chronic stress frequently occurs as demand surges during peak periods such as Christmas Eve or Black Friday.

There are multiple facets to holiday-induced stress that affect both individuals and businesses alike, so it’s important to be aware of them in order to stay healthy during this season.

There are several simple things you can do to reduce your stress levels. Here are five tips to help you remain calm and enjoy the festivities:

  1. Set realistic expectations. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make sure that everything goes perfectly – sometimes the best moments come from the unexpected!
  2. Take breaks when needed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of your obligations, take some time out for yourself to relax and recenter.
  3. Plan ahead. Create lists and set specific goals so that you don’t feel as overwhelmed when taking on important tasks during the holidays.
  4. Make healthy choices. Eating balanced meals, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly will keep your body and mind in top form during this hectic season.
  5. Connect with family and friends. Spend quality time with those who make you feel happy – it’s sure to lift your spirits over the course of the holidays!

Enjoy the holidays and know its ok to not feel great, but that you can do something about it!

by Jace I.


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