With the holiday season upon us, many people are thinking about gift giving, holiday parties and traveling to visit family. For some this time can be exciting, but for others, the holidays can trigger stress and anxiety.

Some symptoms of stress include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Restlessness
  • Changes in diet

Stress can cause your mood to change and make you feel anxiety, irritability, restlessness or depression. Help yourself stay mentally well this holiday season by following our holiday wellness tips:

  • Take care of your body. It’s important to work on healthy habits, such as exercising and eating healthy throughout the year, but particularly during the holidays. We often over indulge on sugary treats, which can cause us to feel sluggish. If we continue to eat healthy and exercise – even just a brisk walk – it can help us feel better physically and mentally.
  • Take time for yourself. Just 30 minutes a day doing something you enjoy such as listening to music, meditating or reading can help relieve stress.
  • Don’t worry about having the perfect holiday. Let’s face it, sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned. If you are attending or hosting an event this season be sure to relax and accepting that someone (especially kids) might make a mess or a new recipe may not turn out just right.
  • Don’t overcommit. You might be invited to several holiday gatherings, which can quickly get overwhelming. Do not feel pressured to attend every celebration, only those that are most important to you.
  • Look forward. No matter how your year has gone try to focus on all of the good things that are in your future and any positive changes you can make to improve your health and well-being.

If you or a loved one needs help call Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services at 800-204-8600 for a free consultation.