Ready or not…the holidays are upon us! While the holidays are a fun and joyous time for most, many still have a difficult time enjoying the season.
Holiday Stress: Loneliness
There are many reasons that people may feel depressed more than happy during the holidays. A difficult reason for many is loneliness. We think of the holidays as a time to be with friends and family. However, some folks are away from their closest friends and their dear family members during the holidays. Whether they can’t afford a plane ticket home, they are serving and protecting our country in military service abroad, their loved ones have passed on, etc. it is always a difficult time of year for these folks.
Holiday Stress: Debt
Another reason that many people don’t enjoy the holidays is because of all the spending. We are told that we need the latest gadget, noise maker, or shiny object. We rush out on “Black Friday” to buy a lot of stuff the day after we have just given thanks for what we already have. It’s wonderful to give! It’s just not worth going into debt, stressing out over, and making the holidays unenjoyable.
Holiday Stress: Pure Perfection
Is the tree decorated perfectly? Are your outdoor lights the envy of the neighborhood? Is everyone coming to your perfectly planned holiday party? Holiday stress is often found in the small details of trying to make the holiday season perfect. Spoiler alert – it is almost never perfect. Cookies will burn, the one and only toy that your child wants will be sold out, the cat will your break ornaments, etc. The sooner we stop trying to make everything perfect, the sooner we can all relax and enjoy the season.
How To Avoid Holiday Stress
So how do we manage these stressors during the holiday season? Health.mil has some wonderful tips in their article by Bernard S. Little entitled, “Don’t Let Holiday Stress Get You Down.” They cite many of the same stressors that we all feel and offer some solutions. Many are very simple solutions such as, “Balance work, home and play.” This sounds easy, but during the holidays, you may need to make a conscious effort to schedule time for relaxing and fun.
There are many ways to enjoy the season without going into debt, stressing over the details, or being alone. Try these ideas for enjoying the holidays:
- Give your time and energy by volunteering at a local shelter or a toy drive.
- Send a note or care package to a soldier who can’t be with family during the holidays.
- If you aren’t near family, host a pot luck dinner with friends. Specifically invite those who are also away from home during the holidays.
Holiday Stress Can Cause Health Problems
We all know that stress can cause health problems and holiday stress is no different. Don’t let this joyous time of year turn into an unhealthy one. We at United Medevac Solutions care about your health. We hope you have a wonderful & stress-free holiday season!