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Surviving Holiday Stress


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Surviving Holiday Stress

  1. 1. How to Survive Holiday StressShiloh Jiwanlal, BA, BSN, MSN, ARNP, PMHCNS-BCClinical Nurse SpecialistVia Christi Behavioral Health
  2. 2. How to Survive Holiday StressWhat is stress?  A normal physical response to events that threaten or upset you.  A trigger from your brain for attention.  Response:  Fight-or-Flight
  3. 3. How to Survive Holiday StressStress Response • Pupils dilate Physical • Gastrointestinal issues • Rapid heartbeat / B.P. • Memory problems Cognitive • Anxiousness • Concentration problems • Overwhelmed feeling Emotional • Depression • Short temper • Changes in eating Behavioral • Changes in sleep • Crutches (ie: alcohol)
  4. 4. How to Survive Holiday StressToxic Stress  At a certain point, stress starts causing major damage to your health, mood, pro ductivity, relations hips and quality of life. Image Source: Mental Health America,
  5. 5. How to Survive Holiday StressWho gets stressed?  Parents (35%) are the most consistent group reporting stress.  Women (33%) feel more stressed than men (31%) during the holidays.  People who have a college degree (24%) are less stressed. Source: Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association), 2006,
  6. 6. How to Survive Holiday StressHolidays increase stress!
  7. 7. How to Survive Holiday StressHoliday Stressors  Finances are the most common source of holiday stress (40%). Parents are more stressed than all other demographic groups by finances (51%), and females (45%) are more likely than men to feel stressed by finances.  37 percent of Americans feel stressed by memories of loved ones who passed away. Latinos (50%) and African Americans (46%) are most stressed by these memories, compared to Non-Hispanic Whites (34%).  Having too much to do causes stress for 34% of people during the holidays. Parents are more stressed than any other demographic group by too much to do (43%). Source: Mental Health America formerly known as the National Mental Health Association), 2006,
  8. 8. How to Survive Holiday StressCauses of Holiday Stress:  Unrealistic expectations  Excessive gift buying – financial stress  Parties, cooking, cleaning, etc. – feelings of being overwhelmed or exhausted  Personal worth – depression
  9. 9. How to Survive Holiday StressTop 10 tips for managing stress…  Manage your stress response  Set realistic expectations  Plan ahead  Set priorities – Set limits  Manageable “to do list”  Stick to a budget  Maintain healthy habits  Delegate tasks  Acknowledge your feelings  Ask for help
  10. 10. How to Survive Holiday StressWhen to get help…  Crisis indicators  Decline in work or school performance  Depression, anxiety or withdrawn mood  Suicidal thoughts  Physical or emotional abuse  Self-destructive or dangerous behavior  Overwhelmed feelings  Unable to cope with daily life  Misuse alcohol or drugs
  11. 11. How to Thrive Holiday Stress Thank you