What causes the most holiday stress

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Oregon Women’s Report Survey,
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Oregon women were asked on what things contribute the most to Holiday stress.  The results were pooled into three groups.   Seems like old family feuds adds the most stress.  To battle this week’s holiday stress, we have listed the Mental Health Association tips for coping with holiday stress below.

Coping with Stress & Depression During the Holidays

* Keep expectations for the holiday season manageable. Try to set realistic goals for yourself. Pace yourself. Organize your time. Make a list and prioritize the important activities.
* Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. Don’t put the entire focus on just one day (i.e., Thanksgiving Day). Remember that it’s a season of holiday sentiment, and activities can be spread out to lessen stress and increase enjoyment.
* Remember the holiday season does not banish reasons for feeling sad or lonely; there is room for these feelings to be present, even if the person chooses not to express them.
* Leave “yesteryear” in the past and look toward the future. Life brings changes. Each season is different and can be enjoyed in its own way. Don’t set yourself up in comparing today with the “good ol’ days.”
* Do something for someone else. Try volunteering some of your time to help others.
* Enjoy activities that are free, such as taking a drive to look at holiday decorations, going window shopping or making a snowperson with children.
* Be aware that excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of depression.
* Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
* Spend time with supportive and caring people. Reach out and make new friends, or contact someone you haven’t heard from in a while.
* Save time for yourself! Recharge your batteries! Let others share in the responsibility of planning activities.

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