Holiday stress and depression can take the ho, ho, ho, out of this time of year. Is “ho, ho, ho” the last thing you are feeling right now?

Stress

Holiday Stress and DepressionWhat is stress?

In Stress the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:

“Stress occurs when you feel you are not coping with life. We all need a little stress to motivate us to achieve or get things done. However, too much stress, particularly over a long period of time, can take its toll on your health and sense of wellbeing. Extreme stress can be so overwhelming it causes physical reactions such as nausea, diarrhoea, over eating and under eating. There are many things you can do to manage stress; it is just about finding the right strategy for you”.

Holiday Stress

Can the holiday season cause stress and depression?

In Tuesday Tips: Coping With Stress, Depression and the Holidays the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“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. But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would”.

Preventing Holiday Stress

What are tips for preventing holiday stress and depression?

In Tuesday Tips: Coping With Stress, Depression and the Holidays – Preventing Holiday Stress and Depression the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

Holiday Stress and Depression

“When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.
  • “Acknowledge your feelings…
  • Reach out…
  • Be realistic…
  • Set aside differences…
  • Stick to a budget…
  • Plan ahead…
  • Learn to say no…
  • Don’t abandon healthy habits…
  • Take a breather…
  • Seek professional health if you need it…”.

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Last Updated: 24 December 2019 – Last Revised: 09 December 2019
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