Stress does not have to overcome joy this holiday season. Here are five tips from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to help you maintain emotional well-being in the weeks ahead.
Know your limits. Identify situations that create stress. Prepare a plan to problem-solve for the situations that you can control and don’t focus on the issues for which you have little or no control.
Simplify your commitments. Organize your time around activities you want to do, and you will enjoy the most. Take time to relax and recover from these activities. It is okay to say no to invitations.
Take care of your physical well-being. Exercise regularly and practice moderation in eating and drinking. Get plenty of rest.
Embrace your sense of humor. Activate and relieve your stress response by laughing out loud.
Volunteer your time and talents. See the world from another angle by helping someone in need, and put your stressors in perspective.
Consider seeking professional help if your mood, thoughts, feelings, and/or actions continue to disrupt your daily living. Emotional health concerns are treatable and recovery is possible.
Through the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and statewide partners, DHS manages a variety of support services for individuals struggling to maintain emotional well-being. For emotional support and resources to help with any struggle before it becomes a crisis, text HOPELINE to 741741 or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).