Tips to ease holiday stress

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

SHERMAN, TX-As Thanksgiving approaches, not everyone is filled with holiday cheer. For some, the day marks the beginning of the season of stress. Victoria Maranan has some tips on how to to avoid the pressure.

With Thanksgiving just a week away, it seems like everyone's got a full plate: planning for guests, trips or just meals. Wednesday, I spoke with a local psychiatrist who tells us how you can beat the holiday stress.

The holidays just snuck up on Denison resident, Mary Shamburger.

"Because I don't have much time to plan. I'm a teacher so I don't have a lot of time off from school to get ready," she said.

She said there are just too many things to do and too little time.

"Getting the house clean and getting things ready like the food and people coming in," she said.

Psychiatrist, Dr. Judy Cook said a lot of people stress out during the holiday season trying so hard to impress their visitors and meet their own expectations.

"They don't just take the holiday as they come and enjoy it and celebrate it. They get nervous they're worried about what their family will think or whether the in-laws don't like them or whether things are cooked right," she said.

Dr. Cook sees up to 15 people a day at her Sherman clinic this time of year, but that number actually picks up after the holidays are over.

"In the pre-holiday period, they're building up to it. You know, they're getting ready, they're buying their turkeys, they're buying their presents, they're doing this that and the other and they're excited about it. And then when the holiday hits and things didn't go the way they want it, that's when things hit the fan," she said.

She said , to relieve the stress, it's important for people to divert their focus from the negatives.

"People need to learn just to focus on the positives, focus on it being the time to celebrate and focus on what's going right. We have the tendency to focus on what's going wrong in the world and what's going wrong in our lives instead of counting our blessings," she said.

And Shamburger said, even with the stress that comes with the holidays, it's all worth it when she finally gets to spend time with her guests.

"Usually the day of Christmas or the day of Thanksgiving after everything is over when I can sit down and relax and talk to my family and friends."

Dr. Cook also suggested that relaxation activities like yoga, exercising or just having a few minutes for yourself can also help ease the stress.

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