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Minimizing Stress During the Holidays: Tip 1

Pandemics are stressful. This stress can ruin the upcoming holiday season and leave you feeling empty. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off the negativity just in time to spread cheer this coming month and the ones following.

There are multiple reasons why someone may already find this time of year difficult. In a normal year, the holiday season presents all kinds of demands like shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning and entertaining. It can be hard to manage everyone’s expectations, especially during these hard times set by COVID-19.

Even amid this moment, it is possible to minimize the stress that accompanies holiday celebrations with a few tips and tricks. Healthily coping will help you, the people you care about and your whole community stronger.

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Have realistic expectations

The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. This time around, we all know they might actually be much different. This doesn’t need to warrant stress or disappointment, but rather, an opportunity to embrace new traditions.

Will some of your family members not be able to join because of their state’s travel restrictions? Or do you have family members that aren’t comfortable traveling in general? That’s okay. Schedule a Zoom session during dinner or a FaceTime after dessert. With today’s technology, staying six feet apart doesn’t have to fully eliminate connecting with your loved ones. 

Use the resources provided to you as the biggest gift received this year.

For more information on dealing with stress, please visit cdc.gov.

For more tips and tricks, keep updated on uicsl.org.