In less than two weeks, the holidays will be behind us. Soon we will be left with feelings of sadness, possible financial overload and a feeling of exhaustion. Does this sound like you?
Stress from the holidays is quite common. The demands from shopping, preparing holidays meals and attending social functions can leave many feeling exhausted and tired.
What to do? First, acknowledge your feelings. Sometimes talking to someone who will listen and understands can reassure you that things will get better and can lift your spirits.
Seek support. If you are feeling down or lonely, seek out support from family members, friends, your church or community organizations.
Set a budget to meet your bills. Determine what you can spend to make payoffs quickly.
Don’t be afraid or ashamed to seek professional help if you need it. If you find yourself unable to lift your spirits, are sad, anxious, and unable to sleep, talk to your doctor or another health professional. Getting help when it’s needed is a sign of strength and not of weakness.
How can you turn the after-holiday stress into peace and joy?
— Count your blessings.
— Concentrate on what you have, not on what you don’t have.
— Maintain a positive attitude.
— Don’t worry about the things you can’t control.
— Exercise and eat good, nutritional foods.
— Avoid beverages with caffeine.
— Try to get eight hours of sleep each night.
— Do something just for yourself.
— Spend quality time with friends and family.
Remember, these feelings didn’t just happen overnight. Allow time to help you find direction and answers.
Jennifer Howard is the Clark County Extension Service agent for family and consumer sciences.