10 Ways to Manage Stress at the Holidays

1. Manage mental stress, not just physical

Mental stress can happen without your even realizing it. Luckily, stress and the pain it causes can often be managed. Strategies include being aware of how and what you are thinking, using relaxation techniques and practicing good self-care. Remind yourself that everyone has problems, that you are doing your best and that many things in your life are good. These thoughts can help reverse the negative thinking that can lead to stress and pain. If you find yourself thinking negatively or in ways that could add to your stress, try to think of more positive things.

Relaxation techniques can reduce stress and pain. Learn deep breathing, meditation, guided imagery and how to relax tight muscles through biofeedback.

This list is adapted from Wendy McBrair’s article, “Managing Stress at the Holidays,” published in the October/November 2018 edition of Pain-Free Living.

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