While the holidays are a source of cheer for many, they are a source of stress for others. This makes sense when you consider all of the traveling, shopping, entertaining, and planning that people often have to deal with during this busy time. And with COVID-19 still a concern, planning for a safe holiday can add another layer of stress. Stress can lead to issues with your mental health such as anxiety and depression. It can also lead to physical health issues such as insomnia, headaches, body aches, and other forms of physical pain. Luckily, there are many ways to manage your health during the holidays, so you can be your best self and enjoy your time with loved ones.
Holiday Health Tips
Managing your mental and physical health during such a frantic time as the holidays can be difficult, which is why it’s important to be proactive. Here are some things you can do ahead of time, or practice during the holidays, to keep stress at bay.
Don’t Ignore Your Feelings
Whether you’re hit with seasonal depression, you’re dreading visiting certain problematic family members, or you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, it’s important to be honest with yourself about your feelings. Take the time to cry, grieve, or express your feelings. It’s OK to not be cheerful during the holidays.
Reach Out for Help or Companionship
If you’re feeling alone or isolated during the holidays, take the time to find your community. Whether through religious, social, or volunteer events, it’s good to venture out and make connections with people who share the same interests or values as you. These people can be a source of support and companionship. You can also reach out to a trusted friend or family member if you need to vent about the holiday blues.
Stick to a Budget
Of course, one major source of holiday stress is the financial burden of buying gifts, paying for transportation out of town, and booking hotels. Before getting started on your holiday spending, take some time to assess what you can afford and budget accordingly. If you find that you can’t afford gifts for everyone, try alternatives like homemade gifts or donating to a charity in someone’s name. If traveling to visit family is too expensive, celebrate the holidays at home with friends or plan a virtual hangout with family.
Maintain Healthy Habits
Don’t let the holidays throw a wrench in any healthy routines you’ve developed. Make sure you get the proper amount of sleep, eat healthy meals, and perhaps have a healthy snack before a holiday meal so you won’t overindulge in sweets, cheese, or drinks. It can also help to include some physical activity in your daily routine, such as a morning walk or jog.
How to Get Quality At-Home Care If Holiday Stress Impacts Your Health
Holiday stress or depression can result in physical ailments. If you’re experiencing a non-life-threatening health issue and you’re unable to get to a hospital or clinic, DispatchHealth is here to provide exceptional care right at your home. We have all the equipment and resources that an urgent care has, and we accept most health insurance plans, making our services affordable. For life-threatening and time-sensitive injuries and illnesses, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. DispatchHealth shouldn’t be used in a life-threatening emergency and doesn’t replace a primary care provider. Sources: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544