Hi, I’m Angela, I have a husband with bipolar 2 disorder, my kids have ADHD, and I myself have struggled with depression—YOU’RE NOT ALONE! This week’s mental health tips cover reducing stress this holiday season.

You might be thinking that this is impossible—the holidays equal stress! That can be true if we stay in our old patterns, but there are always ways to change our thinking and relating in the world. Here are 8 ways to reduce stress this holiday season:

  1. Acknowledge your feelings—be honest with yourself when you are feeling overwhelmed. Pretending it’s not so, isn’t going to change the situation. Being authentic and kind to yourself is a step in the right direction.
  2. Focus on what you are in control of…how much you spend, your schedule, and your responses to others.
  3. Accept people as they are, and set aside your differences. The holidays are not the time to hash out differing values and opinions.
  4. Say no and stop resentment right in its tracks.
  5. Say yes to taking care of yourself and schedule a therapy appointment, even if you’re busy.
  6. If you’re lonely, don’t isolate. Seek community, and volunteer to serve others.
  7. Be present. Don’t let the rush of busyness prevent you from missing the wonder of God’s gift to us, and the value of being present for those we love.
  8. Don’t compare. It will only foster envy. And as Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

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How are you reducing stress during the holidays? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

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