The holidays can be a stressful season for so many reasons. The pace seems to pick up for everything, and to top it off, you’ve got more parties to attend, gifts to buy, and possibly travel. This is a time of year that’s supposed to be joyous, but many find that it’s too stressful to be enjoyable.

At Albemarle Square Family Healthcare, we understand the demands placed on you during the holiday season, and have some tips to help you stay happy and healthy. We offer mental health services, wellness, and preventative health maintenance. To make an appointment, call us today!

Here are some things to keep in mind this season to keep the stress to a dull roar.

Don’t Be Afraid to Say No

“No” is perhaps one of the most difficult words for people to say, and it’s especially hard when you’re having to say it to loved ones. However, when you’re getting too many invites to gatherings or are pressured to host events when you don’t have enough room on your plate, you need to exercise your right to refuse. You will likely be met with disappointment, but in hindsight, you will be relieved you didn’t pack one more thing into your schedule.

Watch What You’re Eating

There’s a direct correlation between New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and the holiday season. Namely, all the fantastic cookies, candies, meals, and possibly more alcohol consumed than normal. While you’re going to be tempted to indulge in these treats that you usually only see this time a year, exercise moderation. Allow yourself to indulge in a few bites, but don’t go overboard. It’s so much easier to put on pounds than to remove them (not to mention the stress felt when you don’t feel good about your body).

Don’t Bust Your Budget

Speaking of indulgence, you might feel pressure to keep up with the Joneses or to match loved ones’ gifts dollar for dollar. However, the subsequent debt won’t be worth it. Set a reasonable budget and stick to it this year. If you can stretch it by making gifts, that’s also very meaningful. Another way to be friendly to the budget is to draw names out of a hat for family gatherings.

Watch Your Alcohol Intake

You’re very likely to be served alcohol at holiday parties this season. That spiked eggnog probably tastes amazing, but it’s surprising how quickly you can feel the effects of alcohol (and the office gossip might not reflect a very favorable picture of the evening). Our advice is to be mindful. If you’re going to be driving that night, don’t drink. Getting into an accident or pulled over just isn’t worth it. Set a designated driver, or call a cab or Uber to get you home safely. And be careful to know your limits so the choices you make are ones you’d make when not drinking.

We at Albemarle Family Healthcare are dedicated to your wellness, and look forward to seeing you and your family in our office. Make an appointment with us today!