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Brace Yourself: Holiday Stress is Coming

The holiday season is stressful for everyone. Between shopping for the perfect gift, cooking big family meals, and trying to make sure the whole family has the best holiday season ever, it can be hard to take care of yourself, too. “During the holidays, it’s important to remember to utilize self-care,” says Robin Lambert Browning, MA Licensed Psychologist of Appalachian Psychological Associates located in Williamson, West Virginia. She continues, “It’s a time that stress and anxiety can cause bad habits, so it’s important to use some relaxation techniques.” Robin shared some tips and tricks for preventing and dealing with your stress during this time of year.

  1. Keep a regular sleep schedule

  2. Take regular “calm-down breaks” when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed. “Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and imagine a beautiful place,” Robin says. “Continue to take deep breaths, and do this for 1-3 minutes when you’re feeling stressed out or anxious.”

  3. Stay healthy by continuing your routine exercise, and maintaining a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

  4. Never feel guilty for taking care of yourself. “Don’t feel guilty about self-care, and putting yourself as a priority. You aren’t able to take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself,” Robin says.

  5. Remember you can’t do it all. “You can’t attend every event and do every activity, so it’s OK to say no at times.”

The holidays are a time to feel thankful for what you’ve been given, and enjoy time with your loved ones. We hope these tips help you feel relaxed and ready to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

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