| | Advanced Search

 

State Report: Marijuana Tax + Bill Targets Prostitutes and Pimps—Plus increased sentences for gang crimes

John Rooke - Thinking Out Loud—JR's column on the sports stories and personalities…

RI Beauty Insider: Pedi Nation – Get the Best Pedicure Ever—A guide to finding a pristine pedi place

Fit for Life: Fail to Plan? Plan to Fail—Plan and prioritize, and you will prevail

Arthur Schaper: Grand Theft Auto Cicilline—MINDSETTER Arthur Schaper examine's Cicilline's role in Prov's…

Five Live Music Musts – April 18, 2014—Great vibes await

Report: Preston Murphy Leaving URI for Boston College—Preston Murphy Leaves URI for Boston College

EXCLUSIVE: Bryant Tells Grads No Selfies with President at Grad—Prohibiting selfies?

PC Athletics gets high marks—Friar winter sports #1 among Big East schools...

NEW: Providence’s Al Forno Featured as a Best Pizza Spot in the US—Another accolade for Al Forno

 
 

10 Tips To Survive (And Enjoy) The Holidays—Butler Expert

Friday, November 30, 2012

 

The holidays are often more stresssful than any other time of year. Here's how to help handle the onslaught. Photo: kimubert/flickr.

While we may be saying "peace on earth" this season, we end up being more stressed during the holidays than at any other time of the year.

So if you find yourself gravitating toward your bed in the hopes of pulling the covers over your head and not getting up until the second week of January, consider these suggestions for surviving and enjoying the holiday season from Dr. Ellen Costello, Director of the Women's Partial Program at Butler Hospital.

1. Accept your limitations. Set realistic expectations for yourself and others. Delegate or dump tasks altogether. Practice saying “no.”

2. Pace yourself and prioritize. Develop a plan. Make a to-do list, set deadlines and write them on your calendar. This will end the last minute frenzy.

3. Keep it simple. Improvise. Think potluck, take out, or inviting people for the day after the holidays to feast on leftovers.

4. Accept a little help from your friends. This is no time to go it alone or to try to control all aspects of everything.

5. Don't coast on empty. Make time for some activities that nourish you. Keep up with your exercise routine; sleep; take some down time for you.

6. Do things that give meaning to the holidays. Volunteer, engage in spiritual activities, and spend time enjoying the company of family and friends.

7. Savor life's little pleasures. Count your blessings. Express caring and gratitude to yourself and others.

8. Give the gift of yourself. Have a close friend or family member choose one activity that makes the holiday especially fun or meaningful for them, and do it with that person.

9. Accept change. If you've suffered a loss during the year, consider changing your routine and doing something different.

10. Be your own cheerleader. Breathe, laugh, watch a funny movie, and remind yourself that you can do it. You have successfully survived many holiday seasons. And you will survive this one, too.

If you are concerned that what you’re feeling may be more than just a result of holiday stress, talk with your doctor about other ways to reduce stress or depression. For a free and confidential mental health screening via Butler Hospital, go here.

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.




Write your comment...

You must be logged in to post comments.