Be Aware of Stress Triggers, and Taking Action to Get Relief

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For most of us, the holidays take us out of our routine. We buy things (presents) we don’t normally buy, we indulge in unusual food and drink, we see friends and family members who aren’t in our normal circle.

And for many people, this adds up to a really stressful time. In fact, the American Psychological Association offers an online “Holiday Stress Resource Center” (to help people deal with anxiety brought on by gift-giving, financial stress and even political disagreements at the dinner table.

“One of the things that’s happening in the U.S. is that many families are finding lots of stress related to the political environment when they have family get-togethers,” David Hanna, a licensed clinical psychologist and behavior health program manager at Passport Health Plan, says in an article on Insider Louisville. “People are identifying the political climate as one of the major stressors in their lives. Not a small number of people, a lot of people.”

To hear more from David, including tips on reducing stress, please click here.

Holidays Can Bring About Serious Depression for Some, But There Are Ways to Combat It

Insider Louisville LogoIt may seem like the merriest time of the year, but the holidays can prime the pump of depression for many people. And it’s especially difficult once the Christmas tree comes down, the pressures of the workplace return, and the bills start coming in.

It’s a time when many people are especially susceptible to falling into poor eating and drinking habits, not getting enough sleep, and neglecting exercise. It can all be overwhelming, no matter who you are.

Gloria Berry, a licensed family therapist at Centerstone Kentucky, acknowledges that overspending on Christmas presents is a trigger for January blues, but she offers some good advice to help people cope with the pressures that come after the holidays.

“People may have budgeted, but didn’t stick to it, or they overextended themselves,” she says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “ ‘How am I going to pay my rent, pay for food for me and my family, pay for electricity and water and pay off these credit cards?’ I’ve heard many families that I’ve worked with talk about paying throughout the year to pay off Christmas. I try to encourage families to plan ahead and budget ahead — (think about) how much they want to spend so they can save for that throughout the year so they don’t get back in this cycle of feeling anxious and stressed after the holidays.”

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