How to beat that holiday stress

How to beat that holiday stress

We know the holidays can be a stressful time and challenge the progress we’ve made in mental health. We’ve put together some tips and tricks to help overcome those tough moments.



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The Facts

Over 1/3rd of Americans report having canceled family plans due to the stress and anxiety caused by holiday travel.

Holiday Hint

Understanding your reflexive response to stress is the first step in crafting a healthier approach. For example, a survey revealed that 65% of respondents listed getting stuck in traffic as more stressful than going through TSA. In this situation, a simple stress-reducing fix is to build in a little extra time when traveling. This can at least remove “traffic delays” from your list of potential stressors.

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The Facts

According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychology, those that purposefully set aside “me-time” are significantly happier than those that don’t.

Holiday Hint

Alone-time is hard to find, but during the holidays it’s more important than ever. Carve more than the turkey, carve out a little time for yourself. too.

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The Facts

One Harvard study suggests that maintaining strong familial bonds can reduce the risk of premature death by over 50%.

Holiday Hint

Despite their quirks, positive relationships with our families (whatever their formation) can be a force of good in our lives. Work to look for the positives and embrace the quirks this holiday season.

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The Facts

A University of Miami study saw the amazing positive effects of massage. The study suggests a 30-minute massage can significantly improve mood for days.

Holiday Hint

It might be time for a quick shoulder rub before we walk into Aunt Mae’s house on Christmas Day. A quick massage can help put you in a better place to handle the stressors that arise.

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The Facts

A new study illustrates a clear link between social media usage and depression in teens and young adults.

Holiday Hint

Take a social media holiday during your holidays. Purposefully log out of social media or use your phone’s native screen-time features to keep your exposure to Tik-Tok a bit more measured this Holiday season.

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The Facts

Harvard’s Medical Journal suggests that home UV light therapy is at least as effective as antidepressants in helping with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Holiday Hint

If the weather allows, make time to take a walk in the sunlight. If not, consider investing in a personal UV lamp this winter.

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The Facts

Researchers have found that yoga may be superior to other forms of exercise in its positive effect on mood and anxiety.

Holiday Hint

Give yourself the best gift this holiday season and invest time in yourself. Take yoga classes, meditate, or download one of many great apps to guide you on the experience right in your living room.

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The Facts

A new Yale University study found a link between depression and overeating, but not the one you might expect. Not only do we overeat when we’re depressed, sometimes we overeat and cause the depression.

Holiday Hint

Make sure you monitor your food intake this winter. Stay healthy and, as a result, you’ll stay happier.

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The Facts

Overeating can actually contribute to anxiety and depression.

Holiday Hint

This year, set a goal to maintain a healthy diet built around foods that are good for the body and the mind.

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The Facts

Harvard suggests that, for many, exercise is shown to be just as effective as prescription drugs for improving the symptoms of depression.

Holiday Hint

Make sure that resolutions for 2020 include an exercise goal that is both effective and attainable. Get specific and granular–and hold yourself accountable.

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The Facts

Team sports, even group exercise, have shown to have an enormous positive impact on your mental health.

Holiday Hint

Don’t just do push-ups in the basement. Get out! This year, join a basketball team, a cycling club, or a CrossFit gym and maximize the benefits.

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The Facts

In over 80% of cases, seeing a therapist has shown to greatly improve the symptoms of depression.

Holiday Hint

Make this year the year of you. Find a therapist who works for you and schedule regular visits.