The holiday season comes with family, friends, and togetherness. It's what the season is all about, yet sometimes the season comes with stress. Stress from crowds on busy shopping days, financial stress from buying gifts or holiday feasts... these can have an adverse effect on the body and mind, and it could put a potential burden on an otherwise joyous time of year.
"One of our biggest anxiety producers is when we expect too much or we expect everything to be perfect," says Wellness Education Specialist Christie Harris. "...we put so much pressure on ourselves. Really the big thing to remember is, 'What is the reason for the season?' ...it is to spend time with family and loved ones, and to be able to enjoy that time together."
People may show stress in different ways depending on the person, however there are a few things you can look for. If you or someone you know exhibits any unusual changes in eating habits or sleeping patterns, or any digestive issues, these may be signs of too much stress. Harris recommends deep breathing exercises and making an effort to stay fully present and in the moment to curtail some of these effects. In many cases, stress is a state of mind, and a simple deep breath or a healthier frame of reference can help you avoid stress this holiday season.