You’ll be doing alright
With your Christmas of white
But I’ll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas ~ Elvis Presley from the song~ “Blue Christmas”
Holiday season conjures thoughts of family gatherings, celebration and joyful events. But do you get stressed out about the other side of these seasons of joy? As Elvis sings about a ‘blue, blue, blue Christmas,’ are you feeling anxious just thinking about the rush, stressful situations, overindulgence and illness brought on by the holidays?
Definite Season Spoilers
The covid pandemic has been a two-year season spoiler for most of us, not only in Colorado but nationwide. It has been a painfully difficult time, coping with the loss of family members amid intense fears of getting sick.
This brings to mind very important tidings you can deliver to holiday events, and that is to get your flu shot! The flu shot is recommended for everyone, and highly recommended for those who are vulnerable to serious complications should they contract the flu. Those vulnerable include seniors, pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems. People dealing with prolonged illness or recovering from surgery need to be especially diligent protecting their health.
Check this important gesture off your holiday list as number one requirement, along with continuing to practice good hygiene. Covid can ruin anyone’s holiday but nobody wants to be sidelined by a cold, either.
Most families focus their celebrations around food. Most of these foods are delicious but loaded with fat and sugars. Try to scale down recipes avoiding too much added sugars, you can do workarounds and recipe adjustments that enable the family to enjoy the end product while still making it healthier.
Staying hydrated is another trick to help balance your diet. Then fill your plate with green vegetables before being distracted by the less nutritious additions to the meal. Along with moderation step up your exercise level and try to balance the calories with a scheduled workout to log at least 15 to 30 minutes of activity.
Holiday Bill of Rights
If you are feeling discouraged, recovering from an illness, coping with grief, there are ways you can manage to be gentle with yourself. We all deserve to honor the holidays in a way that works best for personal, private situations. Give yourself permission to make the holidays what you need them to be. Share your feelings and thoughts with loved ones so they can help support you. This Holiday Bill of Rights can help guide you to determine what works best for yourself and will help make the holidays easier to cope with.
Coping With Holiday Depression
The Mayo Clinic gives advice and thoughts about coping with stress and depression due to the dizzying array of demands made upon us this time of year. In 2021 the holiday season looks different than past years due to covid. With stress at its peak, it’s time to take a step back and regroup. Try to take hold of stress and depression early on.
The National Council for Mental Wellbeing provide several tips to help you get started to manage your expectations. They say “ 40% of U.S. adults face a mental health or substance use challenge, making a complicated holiday season even more difficult time for many people. Regardless of whether you are living with a mental health challenge or know someone who is, you can take steps to prepare for the holidays and prioritize your mental health in the coming weeks.”
We understand that stress can have a negative impact on your health so you can practice small adjustments to help minimize it by setting priorities, taking shortcuts and updating expectations for family togetherness. Give yourself a moment to breathe and practice a time for self-care. Some of these ideas can help to make the holidays a bit merrier and brighter for those around you. Enjoy the precious moments filled with family and love, because that is essentially what holidays are all about.