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Clearing the Hurdles of Holiday Stress

A-24-39898-1 As the leaves fall and the temperatures drop, we’re all starting to think about the holiday season and the upcoming winter months.

Whether you are decorating, creating the perfect holiday meal, planning gatherings, mailing the holiday cards, stretching your dollars as far as they will possibly go—or wishing the holidays would just be over—stress will likely be along for the ride.

Stress comes in many forms and everyone feels some degree of stress around the holiday season. Finding ways to manage stress and address obstacles will help to lift the weight of worry and make the season more enjoyable.

Consider the aspects of the holidays that make you feel anxious, worried, overwhelmed, or even sad and try these approaches to give yourself a break.

  • Try to make simple changes to lower hurdles that develop during the holiday season.By creating realistic expectations, you can prevent unneeded stressors that exacerbate holiday stress.
  • Prioritize what tasks need to be accomplished, but be flexible when changes are needed. Delegate responsibilities to family and friends when possible.
  • For some, this biggest challenge is to know when you need help and to not be afraid to seek assistance. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a resource for additional information on holiday stress and many other topics. You may reach EAP at 1-855-Here4TN (855-437-3486) or visit their website.

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