Be Sure to REST During the Holidays
During times of stress and distress dealing with a ailing loved one, following the death of a loved one or a major life-changing event, coping with the holiday season can become even more difficult.
One way of coping with the holiday stress is to follow the helpful abbreviation as a way to remember to get your R-E-S-T.
Reasonable expectations, Relaxation and Respites
- Set reasonable expectations for yourself. Don't try and do everything and see everyone.
- Be realistic about can and cannot be done.
- Get plenty of rest and relaxation.
- Schedule respites, brief breaks to get away.
Exercise, Eat and Enjoy
- Exercise, even daily walking can be very helpful in relieving stress.
- Eat and drink in moderation.
- Enjoy yourself.
Simplify, Setting Schedules & Spending
- Simplify your holiday demands and gift giving to relieve stress.
- Set a schedule for time and social obligations.
- Set a spending budget for gifts.
- Simple gifts can bring a great deal of happiness. Give service coupons, spend time together, donate to charity, call or visit a friend.
Take Time & reThink Traditions
- Take time for yourself for relaxation and remembrance.
- Give time to othersvolunteer. Spend time with caring, supportive people.
- Don't be afraid to rethink traditions and keep in mind that traditions, even long-standing ones, can be changed.
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