TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - While the holiday season can be a time of
joy, many people can also find it stressful. Between planning events,
attending family and work gatherings and financial pressures from
holiday shopping, the season can certainly take a toll.
Dr. Katy Kamkar, clinical psychologist in the Work, Stress & Health and Psychological Trauma Programs at CAMH is available for interviews to discuss the signs and symptoms
of holiday stress and tips for balancing stress during this holiday
Here are some helpful tips for coping with holiday stress:
Set realistic expectations about what you can accomplish over the
holiday season. Try to establish some balance between what you do for
others and what you do for yourself.
If spending time with family is stressful, set limits on the amount of
time you spend with them.
Consider sharing the holiday meal preparations with friends and family
to ease the load.
Holidays can bring up feelings of loss and a sense of being alone and
disconnected. If you have a friend or family member you can talk to,
try to spend some time with them or connect with them over the
Some religious organizations or groups have special services for people
who are alone during the holidays. This can be a good opportunity to
talk to others and meet new friends.
The holidays can be a tempting time to overuse alcohol and other
substances in order to relax. For someone with a substance use problem,
this can be a particularly difficult time with all of the socializing that occurs .The CCSA has put together Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines to help people reduce the harms related to alcohol use.
Volunteer your services. Food banks and other organizations often need
help at this time of year. This is also a good way to meet new friends
and help those in need.
Give yourself permission to feel any sense of loss or emotions that can
surface during the holiday season.
Do something enjoyable for yourself. See a holiday movie or treat
yourself to a new book.
If you experience distress during the holidays, do not hesitate to
contact your family doctor or visit your local hospital emergency room.
ConnexOntario operates three help lines that provide health services information for
people experiencing problems with gambling, drugs or alcohol, and
mental illness. It is free, confidential and anonymous and available 24
hours a day.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest
mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the
world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH combines clinical
care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to
help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and
addiction issues. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of
Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health
Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information, please visit www.camh.ca.
SOURCE: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
For further information:
Michael Torres, CAMH Media Relations, 416-595-6015 or firstname.lastname@example.org