Simone is in the studio with Dr. Stephanie Smith, a Kaiser Permanente psychologist, learning how to deal with all of the stress that comes along with the holidays. .
What are some of the common sources of stress at the holidays?
Overburdened / hectic schedule
Finances/ budgets for gifts and gatherings
Feelings of grief, loss or sadness
What Impact does stress have on your body/ mind?
Muscle tension or pain
Overeating or undereating
Drug or alcohol abuse, Tobacco use
What are some ways people can cope with holiday stress:
Don’t worry about things that are out of your control.
Plan ahead, make a budget, organize and structure time to shop for gifts so that you don’t wait until the last minute and overspend.
Don’t try to set unrealistic goals of having a perfect holiday season; be flexible.
Make time for yourself, Exercise and eat right. Try meditation, yoga.
Get plenty of rest.
Avoid excessive alcohol or caffeine.
Volunteer to help others and enjoy the true holiday spirit.