Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Holiday stress

I found an article this morning that ends with a list of tips for managing stress during the holidays:

_Keep expectations for the holiday season manageable. Make a list and prioritize important activities. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.

_Remember the holiday season does not banish pre-existing feelings of sadness or loneliness.

_Look toward the future. Each season is different and can be enjoyed in its own way. Don't set yourself up in comparing today with the "good old days."

_Do something for someone else. Try volunteering to help others.

_Enjoy activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations, window-shopping without buying, making a snowman with children.

_Be aware excessive drinking will only increase feelings of depression.

_Save time for yourself. Recharge your batteries.

(SOURCE: Mental Health Association of Colorado)

Of course, I want to add:

_ Stay in the moment by bringing the mind back to whatever is immediately at hand.

_ Give yourself time for meditation. It is actually more restful than sleep.

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