By: Shetina Barnes, M.Ed, School Social Worker
Maintaining emotional balance can be difficult to do with the pressure of the holidays. Financial and social/emotional stressors can easily derail us from finding the joy of the season.
Here are a few suggestions to stay focused and to minimize your holiday stress:
~Stay mindful that Christmas is not about the gifts under the tree, but rather about enjoying quality time with our loved ones…making memories
~Spend within your means. Gift giving doesn’t have to be extravagant. Homemade gifts are meaningful and budget friendly!
~ Make time to do something fun, or find some quiet time to relax.
~Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress. Go for a bike ride or brisk walk.
~Volunteer your time helping a neighbor or someone in need
~Use your support system to get through difficult moments, i.e. talking to a trusted friend, family member, or a mental health professional