Answers to Common Holiday Health Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about holiday health.

What is holiday stress and what can be done to reduce it?

Dr. Diller talks about holiday stress and how to reduce it. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Sometimes, the holidays can become more stressful than joyful. To overextending yourself and your wallet can both cause unhealthy stress during what should be a wonderful time of year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Holiday stress affects some people when they feel an overwhelmed by commitments during the holiday season, including gift shopping, celebration, planning large meals and gatherings, and more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The key to reducing holiday stress is finding balance. To help prevent feeling overwhelmed and prevent holiday burnout, the University of Virginia and the American Psychological Association recommend:

  • Accept help from friends and family
  • Avoid drinking too many caffeinated beverages
  • Commit to getting enough sleep
  • Don’t overspend
  • Eat nutritional food
  • Focus on the personal meaning of the holidays to you
  • Get a massage
  • Give back and help someone in need
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Make a gratitude list
  • Meditate using tai chi, yoga, prayer or whatever option best suits you
  • Reignite the excitement of traditions
  • Seek support
  • Set realistic expectations
  • Share the cooking duties
  • Take some time off work
  • Take time out for yourself
  • Try not to worry about things you can’t control

Talk to your doctor for more helpful tips on how to reduce stress in your holiday season.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Andrew Diller, MD, Brookville Family Care; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia