Got holiday stress? Here’s how to deal with it

(Creative Commons/Dylan Tweney)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it also can be the most stressful. That stress can ruin your holiday and your health.

According to Dr. Gil Greene with the college of social work at OSU, stress levels can peak in December when trying to deal with shopping lists, hosting family and traveling.

“When we get anxious we feel it physically.” Dr. Greene added, “One thing you can do anytime is deep breathing.”

Dr. Greene said to help keep your holiday merry and bright try to keep your expectations realistic, plan ahead and exercise.

From holiday parties to family arguments to budgeting, Dr. Greene has tips for dealing with potentially stressful situations.

  • Recognize the things you can’t control.
  • Don’t talk politics with family, avoid hot button issues.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Budget your money.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Exercise
  • Blended families: Communicate ahead of time and be fair.
  • Enjoy yourself!

Cover Photo Courtesy Dylan Tweney via Creative Commons

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