How To Deal With Stress During The Holidays

Written by: Jeff Ordonez

10 Techniques You Can Use Right Now For Great Mental Health

There are two certainties during the holidays. One, it's a time when we meet family, friends, try to give of ourselves in many ways, and think about others. Then there's the parties, food, music, and even office politics. In addition, we shop, wrap, and deliver presents all of which may strain our finances. So it can be a very hectic time overloading our mental health.

The other is stress. Is it any wonder that the holidays produces the most stress in people. According to the Mayo Clinic the rates of depression and stress skyrocket between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

As Christians we need to focus on the peace and love Jesus delivers every moment of the day. Here are ten solid tools to help you during any season that might bring you the blues. Here's some helpful stress management coping tools.

1. Balance Your Expectations

Listen, you're human and so is everyone else, and we all fall short of God's glory. The best advice is to remain accepting of everyone's imperfections. By accepting that no one is perfect and some may even act and think in ways far less than the glory of God it exalts the reason why God sent His Son to us. Remember that everything can never be perfect and don't worry about things that are out of your control.

2. Try Not To Over Schedule Yourself

Working and trying to be all things to all people will wear you out. Learn to prioritize, delegate, and minimize your schedule as much as possible. Time management around your mental health during the holiday season will bring out the best of you, everyone will benefit. Choose wisely how to spend your time and you will have more energy, joy, and love to share with friends, family, and even strangers.

3. Don't Feel Left Out

Conversely, if you have little contact with people verses too much it can give you a case of the blues. Get out and find ways to participate in the spirit of giving. Search for ministry and volunteer, make new friends, serve the less fortunate. It's been said many times and in many ways, if there's something you want in your life then give it away. Lonely? Give company to others. Sad? Cheer someone. Poor? Give of yourself to others. There are hundreds of things you can do to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.

4. Anticipate Finances

Look at your calendar, figure out how many paycheck you have to get you through the season, and how much you can spend. Then stick to it. Remember it's not about the presents, it's about the presence.

5. Morn If You Have To

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" (Matthew 5:4). It's okay to mourn if you lost someone during the holiday seasons, or if you are separated from someone you love. God comforts those who morn, just be sure to be attentive to God's comfort in your heart, that's when you will know everything is going to be alright. In all cases, morning is something that is temporary grief that allows the soul to experience God, deeply. If you can't be with those you love make plans to celebrate again when you can all be together.

6. Get Out!

Many people become anxious or depressed due to a lack of sunlight. Winter days are shorter and bad whether bring in the clouds. Use a full spectrum lamp for about twenty minutes a day and you just might feel better. Another technique is to get out. Weather permitting, get out outside for a walk. A brisk walk even on a cloudy day can do great thing for your disposition.

7. A Good Diet

  Minimize sugars, alcohol, high fat foods, and highly processed foods. Certain foods can effect your mood and attitude. An unrestricted diet will cause you to have less energy and feel run down, the perfect scenario for anxiety and depression to set in. Instead always choose fruits, veggies, and proteins and great combination in keeping a good mental attitude. Of course you should always consult with you doctor before changing any diet habits. Additionally, It can be very helpful if you take a walk before and/or after a holiday meal.

8. Post Holiday Syndrome

When the holiday hustle and bustle suddenly end and it's time to get back to the daily grind you may feel down. Ease out the highs of the holiday season. Take a rest day or two toward the end of the season and just reflect on the good times, and how thankful you are for life.

9. Learn Forgiveness and Acceptance

Everyone on the path of life is learning and none are perfect. If some of your friends or relatives have always acted in ways that make you feel bad, chances are that won't change any time soon. Forgiving, loving, and overlooking will make it easier on you and them, keep your mind on Jesus, stay humble and receptive to Jesus and you'll be surprised at the change. If things get really uncomfortable, excuse yourself go to meditate for a few minutes. This will give you some time to adjust yourself with Jesus.

10. Meditate

Letting worldly thought go so you can love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind for 20 minutes a day is tried and true method of dealing life and all it's surprises. Take time out each day to fully put yourself in the hands of the Lord with your favorite Christian meditation and you'll zip through the holidays with love and cheer in your heart!

Post your favorite techniques below and let's share with each other.


Agatha Roosevelt

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