Enjoy a stress-free holiday with tips from a top psychiatrist
“Christmas may be the season of love and caring but sometimes the festivities can become overwhelming,” Dr. Alan Manevitz told the Herald-Guide in an interview from his office at New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Weill-Cornell Medical Center.
“Crowded malls, frantic shopping sprees, holiday meal planning, job pressures stemming from short work weeks, excessive partying and even relatives all can contribute to a stressful season.
“Stress isn’t just a feeling of being frazzled,” continues our expert. “Stress can send you into depression or even make you sick.”
Here, for Herald-Guide readers, are Manvitz’s tips to help you keep your holidays under control. Be sure to show them to friends, loved ones and co-workers you care about so they’ll enjoy a healthy, happy and relaxing holiday season, too.
1. Don't be a perfectionist about the holidays or think that you have to go to every party, every dinner, every mall, every church event or every school play. Make a list of all the things you CAN do and then check off those that you will truly enjoy. Scratch out the rest - and forget them.
2. When shopping for gifts, remember that it's the thought that counts. Don't let competitiveness and perfectionism send you on too many shopping trips or push you into buying things you can’t afford.
3. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. Don't bake 20 different types of cookies and treats unless you LOVE cooking that much. Ask yourself what’s more important - loading up the table with more than you can possibly eat or spending more time talking and having fun with your friends and family.
4. Speaking of family, remember: Expectations for reunions are often unrealistically rosy, resulting in disappointment and frustration. This year, relax with your relatives. Don’t fantasize over how wonderful things will be. Enjoy your family without making demands or expecting them to be perfect.
5. Plan your trips so that you take care of several errands in each trek. Going to the mall? Pick up your dry cleaning and that extra can of “emergency gravy” you’ve been thinking about. You’ll have more time to spend doing the things that you really want to do.
6. Take some time to think about what the holiday really means to you and your family. Time together, religious observance, reflection on your life and future goals will help you keep things in perspective.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
When Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux returned to lead the Wildcats in 2012,...
An Ama man was arrested after he was accused of exposing himself to two women at...
The Luling Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene of two separate fires...
The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Luciano Pavarotti all performed at New...
The former site of P.J.’s Po Boys in Luling will re-open in January as Fatty’s...
The Destrehan Wildcats fell 23-7 to the Acadiana Rams Friday (Dec. 13) in the...
Spring is here and we are ready to offer St. Charles Parish complete landscape design installation & maintenance! Our full service garden center has a licensed Landscape Horticulturalist and knowledgeable staff to serve you.
Dome Bound: Destrehan Wildcats seek third state title in 7 years - 906 views
When Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux returned to lead the Wildcats in 2012, he knew that he faced a lot of pressure to quickly turn the football program around.