Coping with Holiday Stress – General Tips and Vulnerable Groups (11/12/2016)
December 12, 2016
Press Release – For Immediate Distribution
Coping with Holiday Stress – General Tips and Vulnerable Groups
During this busy holiday time, the Association of Psychology Newfoundland & Labrador (APNL) wants to remind the public that while this can be a joyous and exciting time for many, it can also be a period of increased stress and distress for others.
- Set realistic expectations for ourselves and others – it is rarely possible to find the absolutely perfect gift, prepare the perfect meal or host a family gathering where everyone shows their best and most loving behaviour.
- Review your expectations for the holidays. Don’t feel you must follow all the same traditions/activities if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Select a smaller number of traditions/activities that are meaningful to you.
- Be mindful of quality of food and drink. The holidays also tend to interfere with regular sleep and exercise routines which are important for self-care.
- Be realistic about your finances
- Focus on what really matters to you
There are a number of individuals who may feel more vulnerable or experience higher levels of stress during the holiday season.
- Those who are bereaved and have lost someone close over the past year
- Families or couples who have recently separated or divorced
- Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD may find the change in routines over the holidays particularly stressful
- Children with anxiety may have increased/new worries
- Individuals with eating disorders may find the increased focus on food and meals challenging
- People with depression or other mood disorders
- Those without close family or social networks
- Anyone struggling financially or who has experienced job loss or reduction in pay/hours
Where/How to Get Help?
Immediate assistance is available through the Mental Health Crisis Line (709) 737-4668/1-888-737-4668 or through your local Emergency Department
Psychologists can be accessed through your local health care centre, via workplace Employee Assistance programs, and privately (see www.apnl.ca – click on Find a Psychologist for more details.).
For more information, you can also see the Canadian Psychological Association's "Psychology Works" Fact Sheet: Holiday Stress.Back to News