Do you often feel like a scrooge during the holiday season, silently beating yourself up for not being able to relax and enjoy yourself fully? It might bring you some comfort to know that you are not alone! A survey of 2,000 adults last year revealed that:
Why is it that the very season promoted to be joyful ends up quite the opposite? The same survey broke it down into a few factors such as financial strain (56%), shopping for gifts (48%), stressful family events (35%) and even putting up decorations (29%).
And with COVID-19 very much in the foreground, this year presents some additional stressors that are important that you might have to cope with, such as --
An unfortunate by-product of the seasonal change from fall to winter is a type of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This subtle (and often unrecognized!) but very real condition can cast a shadow over the whole season and be a huge source of stress and unhappiness. Symptoms of this depression may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the signs and symptoms include:
When you’re experiencing a high level of stress or depression, the quality and quantity of your sleep are adversely affected. This, in turn, makes you more prone to stress the very next day and exacerbate depression.
Being aware of potential stressors and taking steps to safeguard your sleep can help you minimize holiday stress, and you can do just that by attending our upcoming webinar Beat the Holiday Sleep Challenges. Top takeaways include:
In the meantime, you can start by adopting one of the three below techniques that could help you have the jolliest Christmas yet:
1) Maintain peace-promoting habits by scheduling in some me-time during the day. Some activities that can counteract the effects of stress include meditation, reading, exercise and even working on a little craft.
2) Prepare a to-do list for tomorrow and move all remaining stuff there - IT CAN WAIT!
3) Avoid consuming alcohol three hours before bedtime. It might sound like a downer but it is worth it.
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