For many people, the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. It’s a time when we focus on visiting with family and friends, sharing meals, and bundling up to enjoy winter activities. But for some, winter and the holiday season can bring increased stress — and too much stress can take a toll on both mind and body.
Here are 4 tips to help you stay ahead of seasonal stress:
- Don’t try to do it all. Going from event to event can be exhausting. Focus on traditions, people, and activities that truly bring you joy — and give yourself permission to skip the rest. Think quality, not quantity.
- Spend time and money wisely. Create a budget and stick to it. Consider asking people what they want instead of feeling like you have to spend hours searching for the perfect gifts.
- Let go of perfection. It’s okay if your house isn’t spotless and that things aren’t made from scratch. Give yourself a break — and ask for help often.
- Give yourself the gift of self-care. Prioritize workouts, healthy eating and getting enough rest. Maintain your routine and do things that make you happy.
Other self-care strategies, tools, resources and activities for a healthy state of mind are available on the Wellness Resources page on kp.org/mentalhealth.
And remember, sometimes holiday stress can trigger more serious issues — or make existing mental health conditions such as depression worse. Many people need extra support this time of year. If you need help, it is important to discuss any concerns with your primary care physician or a mental health specialist.