GREETINGS FROM YOUR PARISH NURSE STRESS,
DEPRESSION AND THE HOLIDAYS
The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests, stress and
depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of
demands, parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a
few. The following practical tips, can minimize the stress that may accompany
Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression
1. Acknowledge your
feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved
ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's OK to take time
to cry or express your feelings. You can't force yourself to be happy just because
it's the holiday season.
2. Reach out. If you feel
lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They
can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others is a
good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
3. Be realistic. 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.
4. Set aside differences.
Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live
up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate
time for discussion.
5. Stick to a budget. Before
you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend.
Then stick to your budget.
6. Plan ahead. Set aside
specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan
your menus and then make your shopping list. That will help prevent last-minute
scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients.
7. Learn to say no. Saying
yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed.
Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every
project or activity.
8. Don't abandon healthy
habits. Try these suggestions:
a healthy snack before holiday parties.
plenty of sleep.
- Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.
9. Take a breather. Make
some time for yourself alone, without distractions. Doing this may refresh you
enough to handle everything you need to do. Some options may include:
- Taking a walk.
- Listening to soothing music or meditating.
- Getting a massage.
- Reading a book
I hope the above message is helpful. If you have any
questions about the above article or other health related issues, please call
Parish Nurse Cheryl Letendre RN, BSN, CPN at (H) 860-537-6516 or (C)
Source: Internet Search: Mayo Clinic