Beat the Holiday Stress

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By: Lindsey Elam, Certified Prevention Specialist

The upcoming season is notorious for being the most wonderful time of the year.  However, remember that this is not true for all of us, as stress can take away the joy of the season.  There are many events surrounding the holiday that can bring about many emotions and demands that come from family, friends, or even society in general.  Here are few suggestions to help ease the stress this holiday season.

Sit down to make a bucket list of things you want to do and list the things you would like to do the most.  If the financial demands of the holiday season seems overwhelming, turn to free community events that can help check off the bucket list without breaking the bank.  If you are in a time crunch and are stressed by others’ demands, remember it is okay to say no.  If you feel lonely or depressed, try volunteering.  Sign up to help serve free meals at homeless shelters or simply do random acts of kindness to help brighten up your spirit.

With stress, it can be tempting to turn to alcohol to help ease those feelings.  Try some of the tips above to prevent yourself from getting to this point.  If those don’t work, remember that over consumption of alcohol can add to your holiday stress by potentially leading to more family disagreements, driving impaired, and even the horrible hangover the next day.  If the holidays become too much, remember that there are people around you that support you and help you through tough times.  On behalf of the Area Substance Abuse Council, we would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season!