TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Do you feel more stressed during the
holiday season? While this time of year can be a time of joy, many
people can also find it stressful. Between family and work gatherings,
holiday financial pressures and consumer overload, the holiday season
can certainly take a toll. And what if you're alone at this time of
Dr. Katy Kamkar, psychologist in CAMH's Psychological Trauma Program is
available for interviews to discuss how we can cope with stress this
Here are some helpful tips:
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 for you, 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 on the telephone.
Some religious organizations or groups have special services you can
attend 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 and because our society promotes the use of substances at
these times. Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines can help people reduce the harms related to alcohol use.
Volunteer. 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, please 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. To access ConnexOntario, click here.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest
mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the world's
leading research centres in the 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
CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan
American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating
SOURCE: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
For further information:
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