Stress can overwhelm your holidays, but don’t let it

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The holidays are such a wonderful time, it is easy to become all wrapped up in the spirit of the season and allow expectations to outpace reality. When that happens people spend too much, schedule themselves into too many holiday activities, and allow the simple, deep and meaningful moments to pass them by.
Worst of all, overdoing it creates stress, and for many people, stress is one of the last things they want to contend with during the holidays.
To keep a cap on overdoing it, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services shares an assortment of thoughtful holiday advice:
Stick to a budget: Determine what you can afford to spend and stick to it. Enjoy holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday lights, a movie night at home or checking out holiday books from the library.
Don’t overcommit: Saying “yes” when you want to say “no” is a recipe for resentment.
Accept support: Connect with friends and family members if you feel lonely or isolated. Reminisce and talk about pleasant memories from past holidays.
Volunteer: If you’re lonely, help a neighbor or friend in need or work a shift for a local service organization. Do a random act of kindness.
Celebrate responsibly: If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation and don’t mix it with medications. Alcohol shouldn’t be the focus of social events. Instead, enjoy food, music, pleasant company and non-alcoholic beverages.
Eat healthy: As with alcohol, don’t allow food to be the focus of celebrations. Drink some water and have a healthy snack before holiday gatherings so that you don’t overindulge.
Leave time for you: Get plenty of sleep. Take a walk, listen to music or read a new book. Do at least one thing you enjoy every day.
Live one day at a time: Focus on things you can control and accept help when it’s offered. If you’re overwhelmed, reach out to the Nebraska Family Helpline, 888-866-8660. Trained helpers are available 24/7.
The most wonderful time of the year can be extremely stressful, but with a little awareness, planning and positive thinking it doesn’t have to be.
Kearney Hub

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