December 2020

Holidays and Stress

Take Care of Yourself 

Being away from family and friends during the holidays can be hard. When you talk with your friends and family about plans, it’s okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others.

Do Whats Best for your Household

  • Doing what’s best for you includes eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep.
  • Take care of your body and stay active to lessen fatigue, anxiety, and sadness.

Spend Time with Those in Your Household

  • Hard choices to be apart this year may mean that you can spend many more years with your loved ones.
  • Do what is best for your health and the health of your loved ones. This year spend time with those in your own household.

Stress is the result of pressures or tensions and how our body responds to them. Stress can cause feelings of unease, anxiety, frustration, nervousness, fearfulness or helplessness. When stressed, you may notice changes in your sleep, appetite or energy level. Feeling stressed is normal, especially during a crisis. 

You may experience stress for a variety of reasons during this time, such as increased caregiving responsibilities, financial challenges, or health concerns. 

Stress can be overwhelming and affect your mental and physical health. 

How to Cope with Stress

Take five.

Take a deep breath and relax. Even five minutes to take care of yourself can help.  

Take a walk, stretch or attend a virtual exercise class. 

While doing an activity you enjoy, focus on the here-and-now.  
Maintain connections with others. 

Call, video chat, or reach out to friends and family.  

Create a daily routine that includes rest, exercise, and regular meals.  

Sources: CDC howrightnow

Contact your Employee Assistance Program for additional information 
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