Recovering from the Stress of the Holidays

Catherine P. Collette MSN RN, Agency Administrator Hebrew Health Visiting Nurses/ Hebrew Health Hospice

Another year has come to a close and with it the holiday season.  The last lingering parties and get-togethers will be coming to an end in the next week or so. With the end of the holiday season comes an end to the added stress they can create.

The whirl wind of parties and activities that are a part of this season are finally over and it feels good to know that life will be returning to normal. There is a strange duality to the season that we look forward to all of the festivities, however the stress of it all can really take its toll. For many of us there is still some clean up to be done. The decorations and lights and seasonal trimmings need to be returned to their storage place.

So now begins the time to recover, depending on how your season went there may be more or less to that.

Decorations need to come down.   Remember they don’t all have to come down in one day. If you don’t have the time in your schedule to do it all at once make a plan to put things a way slowly.

If you are like many of us the holiday season has put you off of your normal schedule. Schedules will be righted and normalcy will return. Take advantage of this return your routine to be sure to rest and recover. The break neck speed of the holidays has probably left many a little sleep deprived; so take the opportunity to schedule time off to reenergize.

The holidays are filled with their fair share of eating, drinking and being merry; however now is the time to return to better eating habits, without candy and other sweets lurking around every corner at the office or at home. If you are left with too many temptations after the holidays try to get rid of them. Exercise is the next step in the process of righting yourself after the holidays. During the frantic pace of the holidays working in regular work outs is difficult. Now that the pace will be slowing it is time to kick into gear on your exercise routines.  If you haven’t been exercising before now, it is a great New Year’s resolution to help improve your health and well being and decreasing your stress.

Take time away from electronic devices. Take a walk in the woods or around the block without music. Take time at home without the television or music and without being in front of a computer screen. This will give you an opportunity to focus on yourself.

Remember to breath. Practicing deep breathing is an easy way to help decrease your stress. Stretching and other gentle exercise that can be done while sitting; this is another way of decreasing your stress.

All these things may help you as you recover from the stress of the holidays.

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