Getting through the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult. It just takes a little planning to manage those hard to handle situations this time of year. Read the full blog at http://www.counselingrecovery.com/blog-san-jose//having-the-holidays-your-want and you’ll learn how to:
• Manage your stress
• Deal with family and uncomfortable conversations
• Handle expectations and resentments this time of year
• Make repairs when conflicts happen
Most Important – Put yourself first
Self care is a challenge during the holidays. You’re stretched to the limit. You might be praying for January to come so that you can finally relax. You don’t have to wait.
If you only do one thing different this holiday – focus on self care. Managing stress starts with putting your needs first. This does not mean you’re selfish or won’t give. It just means you need to fill your tank up before giving to everyone else.
Start with physical needs like getting enough sleep, healthy food and exercise. When those needs aren’t met you’re quicker to react. And if your body is out of sync, your emotions will be too!
Eating and drinking too much has a big impact on self care. Alcohol is a depressant which means there’s an emotional crash after the fun. Sugar does the same thing. You feel great initially but then your energy tanks. People drink and eat sugar to feel better but physically it does contribute to depression.
So, by taking care of yourself first, you’ll be able to cope with whatever happens and you’re now one minute closer… to a healthier you!