by Comprehensive Staff

12/08/2016 6:29 pm

Managing Holiday Stress

Holiday or Hassle: Managing December Stress

The holiday season, along with all of its expectations, seems to catch up to us each year with a special holiday parcel for us full of stress.  In order to better focus on the holidays, their meaning, and our connections with friends and families, it is important to get an early start on managing holiday stress. 

Dr. Paula Durlofsky, psychologist in private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, suggested some was to “Keep Calm and Carry On” during the holidays in a recent blog on the PsychCentral’s website. 


Dr. Durlofsky states that it is important not to ignore potential stressors during the holidays and to take positive steps to minimize the possible impacts of holiday stress.  She encourages us to:

•Evaluate your holiday expectations. 

•Be present when you are with your loved ones. 

•Be sure to get enough sleep. 

•Delegate responsibility. 

•Make time for exercise. 

•Set aside differences. 

•Stick to a budget.

•Seek professional help if you need it. 

For more details on each of these suggestions, please check out Dr. Durlofsky’s post.  

To receive professional support during the holidays, contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider.  If your organization does not have an EAP and you are interested in learning more, contact Northwest EAP, a division of Comprehensive Healthcare, at eap@comphc.org.  

Best wishes for the holiday season!