Be Aware of the effects of Holiday Stress & your Health: Easing up on yourself over the holidays is important because the connection between stress and illness is real
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Be Aware of the effects of Holiday Stress & your Health: Easing up on yourself over the holidays is important because the connection between stress and illness is real

Are You  feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression?
During holidays, stress and depression are higher than at any other time throughout the year so we need tools to help us remain in balance. Even though this is the time to share love, laughter and thanks with family and friends,some people struggle when everything doesn't go exactly as planned.

A number of factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and too many commitments can cause stress and anxiety at holiday time.The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones.

Easing up on yourself over the holidays is important because the connection between stress and illness is real. When we’re stressed, we tend to do the worst things that are not at all helpful to our health.Take a few moments to learn how stress affects your health and what you can do about it. No matter what time of year you become stressed out, the physical and emotional effects of stress are the same.

Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. 
 Symptoms of stress can vary greatly from patient to patient, some stress symptoms include:

  • Overeating or under-eating, Angry outbursts, Drug or alcohol abuse, Tobacco use, and social withdrawal.

  • Back pain, Elevated blood pressure, Exhaustion, Health problems, Headaches  and joint  and muscle pain, Moodiness, Stomach ulcer, Trouble sleeping,  and weight gain.

  • Anxiety, Restlessness, Lack of motivation or focus, Irritability  and  Sadness.

Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt,take stock of what is most important to you, and reserve time for yourself and the people who mean the most to you. Some of the very best ways to reduce stress and enjoy the holidays with loved ones include:

  • Reaching out to friends, 
  • Sharing tasks with family members,
  • Helping others 
  • spend time outdoors or near a window on sunny days,
  • Take a break, shut your eyes and put your feet up. 
  • Share some fun moments with others
  • Take time to pray, meditate or sit in a state of silence and peace.
  • Ensure that you have 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night
  • Eat three healthy meals a day and keep most of your snacks healthy
  • Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they're feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too

if you feel overwhelmed by stress, talk with a health care provider or mental health professional.  Medications or other therapies might help you cope. In the long run, reducing stress may help you to slow down and enjoy your time with the people and activities you really care about.
 

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