7 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

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7 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

We may love the holidays, but that doesn’t mean they're easy. Try these tips for healthy ways to cope with stress.



  1. Plan ahead. Block time for the events and tasks that are most important to you. Don’t feel bad about saying “no” when you reach your limit.
  2. Rest up. We know you’re busy, but make sure sleep is at the top of your “to-do” list! Adults should aim for seven to eight hours of restful sleep every night to feel their best.
  3. Eat healthy. Fuel up with a well-balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, lean protein and whole grains. And despite the temptation, avoid sugary drinks and processed foods. They can sap your energy.
  4. Drink alcohol in moderation. Enjoy holiday festivities, but don’t use alcohol to manage stress.
  5. Do something good for your community. Did you know that volunteering has health benefits? According to The Mayo Clinic, volunteering can reduce stress and lower your risk of depression. Consider volunteering within your community. 
  6. Move! Go for a short walk or jog, take a dance break between wrapping presents or find another way to get moving. Exercise can help you destress and improve your mood.
  7. Breathe. When you feel overwhelmed, breathe in for four seconds, hold for four seconds, exhale for four seconds and repeat four times. Deep breathing is a great way to relax and clear your mind.

Help is available. 

If you're experiencing persistent stress, contact your doctor’s office or a mental health professional.

ConnectiCare members can get support using their behavioral health benefit through Optum. Call 1-888-946-4658 or visit liveandworkwell.com and use access code “connecticare.” You’ll find hotlines, information and help.




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