Managing Emotions During the Holidays

by Dec 19, 2019

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The holiday season can mean mixed emotions for many people. For some, it brings excitement, enthusiasm, and anticipation. For others, it’s a stressful and demanding time filled with parties, shopping, and entertaining. The season may also bring up feelings of sadness for those who have lost loved ones or experienced other emotional trauma.

However, there are strategies to help everyone enjoy this time of year. Here are a few tips to keep the “happy” in your holidays.

Keep your routine as regular as possible. 

Too much change in your routine can lead to stress. Try not to deviate too much from your regular schedule. Plan ahead; set aside specific days for shopping, baking, and other holiday traditions. Learn to say no when the schedule becomes too hectic.

Have realistic expectations. 

Trying to create an idealized version of the holidays is a recipe for stress and disappointment. Instead, embrace what you have, and do away with false expectations. As families and friendships change and grow, traditions may do the same.

Maintain healthy habits. 

Get plenty of sleep and physical activity. Set aside time for yourself, even if it’s just a brief break each day to recharge. The holidays are often a time for indulgence, but don’t let it become a free-for-all. Try to choose healthy snacks so you don’t go overboard on treats.

Reach Out. 

If you feel lonely or isolated, consider participating in community, religious or social events. Volunteer opportunities can also bring companionship and joy.

Learn more.

eLearning programs like iDisability™ are now available for corporate learning and training. One such module, “Managing Emotions in the Workplace” can help employees recognize pressure situations in the workplace and how to manage reactions to pressure.

Experiencing depression, stress or anxiety is not unusual during the holidays. Learning methods to identify feelings of pressure and implement strategies to deal with those situations can be helpful. Nearly 1 million business users across a variety of industries have already benefited from iDisability™ , an e-learning platform specifically designed to educate organizations and ensure employees have the knowledge required to effectively communicate, interview, hire, accommodate and engage every employee within the workforce. To schedule a demonstration, complete the contact form.

Andrew D. Houghton

Andrew D. Houghton

President, Disability Inclusion Solutions

Nationally Recognized Accessibility Expert. Creating Innovative Disability Inclusion Solutions. Certified DOBE.


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