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5 PCP-Approved Ways to Avoid Holiday Stress

It’s finally the most wonderful time of year. ‘Tis the season for holiday cheer, joyous spirits, and if we’re being honest, lots of added stress. Whatever holiday you and yours celebrate, there is always the pressure to put on the best holiday gathering, give the best holiday gifts, and make the best holiday cookies. For a season that’s supposed to be about joy and cheer, you’d think there wouldn’t be so many things to do. All this planning and organizing can lead to stress, which can leave a huge negative impact on our physical health, resulting in sickness and a visit to the nearest PCP. 

In order to reduce the chances of this happening, you should try your best to manage and avoid stress during the upcoming holidays. We’ve gathered five PCP-approved ways of doing just that, not only to save your sanity, but also to keep your health in check. 

1. Make Time for Yourself
Even though the holidays are often a time spent with family and friends, don’t forget that you also have personal needs that shouldn’t be neglected. Stress can manifest physical symptoms of exhaustion and anxiety, leading to lack of sleep, headaches, and more. If you want to avoid a trip to your PCP from stress-caused sickness, then make sure you make your health a priority, despite what time of year it is. Stress relievers include anything from exercise to healthy eating, so there’s no excuse not to engage in stress-free habits that work for you. 

2. Take a Mental Holiday Vacation
Have you ever tried to wrap a weird-shaped gift, only to find that the wrapping paper tears and rips at the edges? Frustrated, you try again and again, and next thing you know, your entire mood is ruined. Sometimes when we’re in the midst of holiday pressure, we don’t take the time to stop and walk away from whatever the situation may be that’s causing us stress. 

Taking a minute to mentally regroup (or even physically walking away), can help you flush out those stress induced emotions, like frustration or anger. Giving yourself a timeout can leave you with a new perspective on the situation, an enlightened spirit, and the motivation to try again. 

3. Breathe In, Breathe Out
Everytime you visit a PCP, you’re probably asked to take a deep breath in and slowly breathe out. While that’s just standard practice for us to listen to your lungs, it probably helps you feel a sense of calmness too! Breathing exercises are a great method to reduce stress and nervousness, while helping you regain control and composure. Deep breathing is all about restoring a sense of calm and positivity. Those are two things we know come in short supply when the holidays approach. 

4. Don’t Overdo It
From an array of holiday foods, drinks, gifts, and parties, it can be easy to overdo it on just about everything. Eating and drinking too much is not good for your health, but it also can induce stress, guilt, and grogginess. Overspending your holiday budget can cause panic and worry, while saying “yes” to every party invitation will leave you with no time to keep yourself in check. It’s okay to take a pass on some of the holiday treats and activities that will be offered all throughout the season. 

5. See a PCP for Physical Symptoms 
Unfortunately, stress-relief tips can be harder to follow when you’re in the spur of the moment. Given the added stress and the number of colds that go around during this time of year, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if you did find yourself feeling under the weather. If that’s the case, you can visit a PCP at PrimeCare in Conway at your convenience. We’re open extended hours, so despite the holiday rush, you can find a time that works for you. If you have questions about our location or when to come in, feel free to give us a call at 501-327-7100.