Halloween is over and the holiday season is here. Family will be visiting, preparing decadent holiday meals will begin and stressful holiday shopping will come along. Let us help ease some of the stress that you will no doubt experience. You may not be able to avoid the stress that comes with the holiday season, but you should be better prepared to control it and hopefully ease a little of it.
We all know stress is a part of life. You cannot avoid it. But you can try to avoid the situations that cause the stress, and you can learn how to control the stress and your response to it.
The first step is to know your own coping strategies. What are productive ways that you cope with a stressful situation? Let’s highlight those coping strategies and make the best of them. A ‘Stress Journal’ may help. You can record stressful events, your initial response to the event and stress, and how you coped with the situation. Once you know what is causing your stress, try making changes in your life that will help you avoid stressful situations. Here are a few ideas that may help.