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‘Tis the Season for Stress Management

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The holiday season can provide more than good tidings, being together with family and catching up with old friends. While we are knee-deep in the holiday season that began with Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago, a majority of us may be feeling stressed out in some way.

The busy holiday season can overwhelm us if we don't ask for help or take time every day to clear our minds and relax.

There are just so many things to get done at this time of year:  shopping for gifts, cleaning the home for visiting relatives, throwing or going to holiday parties and trying to balance our everyday tasks on top of that. So, how do we avoid feeling so stressed or anxious that we just want to curl up in a ball?

We have come up with a few tips for you to employ over the remainder of the holiday season to bust through the stress and anxiety.

Learn how to say “no thanks”- stop adding things to your to-do list, especially if they aren’t really that important in the grand scheme of things.

Enlist the family- this is where family and close friends are beneficial. Have children or grandchildren complete smaller tasks while assigning older children or a spouse to help with larger projects.

Give yourself some alone time- take some time out of each day to be alone, off your feet and thinking about something besides everything you have to get done. Even if it’s as little as 15-20 minutes a day, you’ll be surprised what a little break time can do for you overall productivity and stress level.

At the end of the day, the holiday season is a time meant to be spent enjoying your family and friends and the memories you’re making, not feeling overwhelmed. From all of us at Broadway Medical, we hope you find a way to focus on the great things in front of you and avoid the stress of and anxiety of the season. Happy holidays!