December 2019 – Nurse Notes

December 2019 – Nurse Notes

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

 

While most of us enjoy the holiday season, we have to be aware of the stress it can cause. The rush of parties, gift shopping, and decorating can be overwhelming! I’ve given this information before, but I think we have a tendency to forget how we feel when we don’t set limits for ourselves.  Here are some tips for overcoming stress and depression at the Holidays.

 

Keep realistic expectations.  Expect your family to be the same as they’ve always been- both good and bad.  Don’t expect a big change just because it’s the holiday season.
Learn to say NO.  To decrease holiday stress, prioritize your time, money, and energy.
Laugh.  Laughter lowers stress hormones and improves blood flow which increases your energy levels.
Get enough sleep.  The more rested you are, the less stressful it’ll be to cope with the holidays.
Start new traditions.  Don’t be afraid or too rigid to be able to explore new traditions. It can reduce your stress as well as that of others.
Get enough sunlight and exercise.  Vitamin D and melatonin are both stimulated by sunlight, and they both play roles in improving mood and facilitating sleep.
Limit your alcohol intake.  Excessive drinking affects your physical and emotional health and it can increase holiday stress and depression.
Delegate responsibilities.  Ask everyone to help out in some way.  The more support you have, the less to worry about including financially. Don’t pay for everything.  Others will feel more a part of the celebration and you can have more time to relax and enjoy it.
Keep your eating habits healthy.  Holiday eating is stressing you out and the holiday stress is making you eat!  Be selective and ration yourself on amounts of these “once-a-year goodies”.

 

” Have a happy, stress free, healthy holiday season!” 
Nurse Barbara, RN