Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Holiday Stress Tips From The National Mental Health Assoc

-Make realistic goals. Plan ahead, shop and make travel plans early, pace yourself. This will help decreases last minute anxiety.
-Don’t do it on your own. Enlist the family to help you with holiday tasks.
-Scale down your expectations.
-Manage your time and make sure you leave extra time for last minute changes or crises.
-Try to
relax. Deep breathing exercises, relaxation tapes and yoga are some techniques that may help.
-Exercise. If you already have a regular exercise routine, maintain it through the holidays.
-Monitor your feelings and share them with a friend. A quick phone call or email can help you feel better.