SURVIVING HOLIDAY STRESS

The holidays are here; parties coming up, relatives arriving, presents to buy and wrap.  There is always a lot going on in December, and for someone with PTSD, it can ramp up the stress to breaking level.  Don’t let the holidays get the best of you.  This holiday season take the time to take care of yourself!

  • Slow down! Go on some light rides and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.
  • Learn to say no; then don’t feel guilty for doing just that! Sometimes we know it’s best to not go along with everything that’s coming up. Maybe you want to go to the party your family is throwing, but you know it’s going to increase your stress levels big time. It’s ok to say, “No, thank you, I can’t make it.” And then don’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself.
  • Be gentle with yourself. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, do something just for you. Set aside half an hour to read that book you love. Take a long, hot bath. Watch a comedy show that makes you laugh.
  • Don’t over spend. I think one of the most stress-inducing acts we do is thinking we have to spend a lot of money showing people we love them by buying presents. Show those you mean the most your love by telling them how important they are to you. It saves a lot of money and means more to them in the end.

These are only a few tricks you can use to survive the holidays.  Good luck and enjoy the season!

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