Already stressed out just thinking about the festive season?
Here’s some quick tips to help you cope:
- Plan ahead. Do not leave everything to the last minute! Make sure you do start planning in the weeks leading up to Christmas – presents, provisions and what to do at New Year.
- Remember to have some fun along the way. Do things you enjoy doing and include members of your family too.
- Eat healthily. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity. Make sure you don’t skip meals – stay on your TLC-Program leading up to the New Year. Or if you have completed your TLC-Program remember to always follow the TLC-Phase 4 Program Lifestyle Guidelines and maintain a healthy diet.
- Approach Christmas with a positive outlook– don’t let yourself think it will be a nightmare, focus on the best things about the festive period instead. That positivity will communicate itself to others around you.
- Take a breather. Don’t underestimate the value of ‘me’ time – take a bit of time just to relax, unwind and indulge yourself for a few minutes during the day. Better yet, get family and friends to help you prepare for the festivities.
- Be realistic.The holidays don’t have to be perfect, just enjoyable.
- Set aside differences. Accept family members and friends as they are, even if they do not live up to your expectations.
- Stick to a budget. Before you rush off to do shopping for gifts, food and drinks, sit down and work out a budget. Know what you want/can spend and stick to this budget.
- Say no. Saying yes when you want to say no can leave you overwhelmed and stressed, not to mention resentful. You don’t have to accept every invitation. Plan what you can cope with.
- Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad, depressed and anxious. If you are plagued by physical complaints, are unable to sleep, feel irritable and hopeless, and are unable to face routine chores and these feelings last for a long period of time, then you should talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.
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*These answers provide general information endorsed by our experts at time of publication. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice.