CSP Spotlight: How to Manage Holiday Stress

18 Dec 2017

Navigating the holidays means dodging stress.  Season induced stress is all around us.  Lines at the mall, blaring commercials telling you what items you need and want, buying the perfect gift, sending the perfect card, decorating, baking, hosting the perfect party or attending events or maybe being alone and feeling lost.  The holiday season creates stress for many of us.  Managing holiday stress is important.

What Causes Holiday Stress?

Doing Too Much

All things in moderation, as the saying goes. The problem with the holiday season is that we often experience too much of a good thing. Too many activities, even if they are fun activities, can culminate in too much holiday stress and leave us feeling frazzled, rather than fulfilled.

 Eating, Drinking and Spending Too Much

An overabundance of parties and gift-giving occasions lead many people to eat, drink, and be merry -- often to excess. The temptation to overindulge in spending, rich desserts or alcohol can cause many people the lasting stress of dealing with consequences (debt, weight gain, memories of embarrassing behavior) that can linger long after the season is over.

Too Much Togetherness

The holidays are a time when extended families tend to gather. While this can be a wonderful thing, even the most close-knit families can overdose on togetherness, making it hard for family members to maintain a healthy balance between bonding and alone time.

Not Enough Togetherness

Loneliness can be just as much of a problem. As the world seems to be gathering with family, those who rely more on friends for support can feel deserted and alone.

Minimizing Holiday Stress

Before you get overwhelmed by too many activities, it’s important to decide what traditions offer the most positive impact and eliminate unnecessary activities.  Set your priorities!  Pick a few favorite activities and really enjoy them, while skipping the rest. 

Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care Partnership, and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.  Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.   

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