Try Not to Stress During Festive Occasions
Humans are social creatures and we crave company. But certain festive occasions can be stressful — whether it’s the hustle and bustle of holiday parties, hosting extended family members on the Fourth of July, or visiting with former classmates at school reunions, to name a few.
Such big events can cause unrealistic expectations to maintain good cheer, as well as pressure to accomplish additional tasks on top of the usual daily routines. This can result in people feeling overwhelmed.
Links between the holidays and stressful feelings have been documented.
According to one survey of 2,000 people, a full 88% of respondents said they believe the holidays are the most stressful time of the year. Leading holiday stressors, according to another study, include pressures on time (67 percent), money (62 percent), and commercialism (53 percent). Pandemic restrictions have added to the sense of general unease for many.
Pharmacists, as one of the most approachable health care providers in a community, can recognize customers who may need some advice on ways to take it easy and relax. Well known tips for reducing occasional stress include:
- Taking care of yourself and your body.
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use.
- Making time to slow down and unwind.
- Try to do activities you enjoy, and feel free to say “no” to some requests and activities.
Staying calm and relaxed is the ultimate objective. Once you achieve this state of being, you’ll likely have a much better time socializing with family and friends.