This week on A Healthier Charlotte: Holiday stress got you down?
Posted on 21 Dec 2011 by Bobby DeMuro
The holidays are here, and this week on A Healthier Charlotte, we’re covering the aspects of holiday health you deal with on a daily basis — stress, time management, anxiety, nutrition and exercise, and even seasonal affective disorder and depression.
The holiday season often brings many welcome guests — like family and friends — but with the demand of those around you, stress and depression sometimes creep in as well. And it shouldn’t be a surprise; after all, there are countless demands on many of us, from gifts and family, to holiday events and food.
Luckily, we asked local experts to give us some insight into holiday health, stress management, and more — and what we can do about it at home. Three experts on varying holiday-related and mental health topics join the panel this week. They are:
Dr. Russell Hancock, LPA
Licensed Psychological Associate, Carolinas Medical Center
After the show, visit A Healthier Charlotte for web extras, behind-the-scenes footage, and more.
The American Psychological Association provides great information to manage holiday stress and anxiety, including these tips:
Take time for yourself – There may be pressure to be everything to everyone. Remember that you’re only one person and can only accomplish certain things. Sometimes self-care is the best thing you can do—others will benefit when you’re stress– free. Go for a long walk, get a massage or take time out to listen to your favorite music or read a new book.
Volunteer – Many charitable organizations are also suffering due to the economic downturn. Find a local charity, such as a soup kitchen or a shelter where you and your family can volunteer.
Have realistic expectations – No Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, or other holiday celebration is perfect; view inevitable missteps as opportunities to demonstrate flexibility and resilience. A lopsided tree or a burned brisket won’t ruin your holiday; rather, it will create a family memory.
Remember what’s important – The barrage of holiday advertising can make you forget what the holiday season is really about. When your holiday expense list is running longer than your monthly budget, scale back and remind yourself that what makes a great celebration is family.
Seek support – Talk about your anxiety with your friends and family. Getting things out in the open can help you navigate your feelings and work toward a solution for your stress. If you continue to feel overwhelmed, consider seeing a professional such as a psychologist to help you manage your holiday stress.
Have questions, suggestions, or thoughts?