Whether it's about health concerns, holiday preparations or house guests, it’s important to be proactive in managing stress so you and your loved ones are able to enjoy yourselves and you keep up your mental wellbeing.
Here are some suggestions from the American Psychiatric Association to help you successfully navigate the challenges of the holiday season:
Find a local charity, such as a soup kitchen or a shelter, where you and your family can volunteer. Participating in a giving tree or an adopt-a-family program may help you put your own holiday struggles in perspective. Penn's Transplant House is always looking for volunteers, especially during the holiday season. Call Kirsten King at 215-662-4540 to learn how you might be able to help.
No Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or other holiday celebration is perfect. View missteps as opportunities to demonstrate flexibility and resilience. A lopsided tree or a burned brisket doesn’t have to ruin your entire holiday; rather, it might just create a unique family memory.
Holiday advertising can make us forget what the holiday season is really about. When your holiday expense list is running longer than your monthly budget, scale back. Remind yourself that what makes a great celebration is loved ones – not store-bought presents, elaborate decorations or gourmet food.
Talk about your concerns with your friends and family. Getting things out in the open can help you navigate your feelings and work toward a solution. If you continue to feel overwhelmed, consider contacting your lung transplant social worker, Chris Erickson, to find strategies to address your worries. Chris can be reached at 215-662-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.