Clinical Psychology Associates

Making the most of the holiday season

Stress and holidays seem to go hand-in-hand. Your busy schedule becomes even busier with preparations and celebrations.
Even in nonholiday times, a recent Stress in America survey showed that 24 percent of adults report extreme stress and more than one-third of adults report that their stress increased over the past year. These adults who already feel extreme stress or increased stress may find the holiday season to be an added challenge.
This may be a good time to try to reframe your thinking about the holidays. Instead of dreading the likely stress ahead, you can view the holidays as an opportunity to enhance your psychological well-being. There are a number of helpful steps you can take to lessen holiday stress and feel more optimistic about the season.
APA offers these tips for the holidays
Thanks to psychologist Mary Alvord, PhD, Michi Fu, PhD and David Palmiter, PhD, who assisted with this article.
Updated November 2016
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