Holiday stress can affect everyone, even children. There are many potential stressors during the holidays. Some potential stressors are gift giving pressure, family get togethers, money worries, lack of time, travel and taking time off work. Stress can lead to emotional problems.
What are some of the negative impacts of holiday stress-
Withdraw from social life
Feelings of sadness
Loss of emotional control
What to do to manage holiday stress-
Use of healthy boundaries with family, friends, coworkers, etc
Acknowledge your feelings
Reach out to your emotional support system
Mindfulness- bringing attention to present moment and identifying what really counts
Understanding and managing stress can help in reducing stress not only during the holiday season, but it can also help you manage stress throughout the year. Please consider talking to a therapist or your healthcare provider about the pressures of the season. Seek help right away if you’re having suicidal thoughts.