Stress and Grief During the Holidays

The holiday season is often portrayed as a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness; however, for many people, it can be a challenging and emotionally trying time. Coping with stress and grief during the holidays can be particularly challenging, but it is important to know you are not alone and there are resources to support you during these difficult times.

Your PharmaChoice pharmacist is here to support you at any time, but especially during the holiday season, so do not hesitate to reach out for guidance and support.

Before we discuss strategies to manage, let us briefly examine the impact of stress and grief on your physical and emotional well-being. Stress can affect us emotionally causing anxiety and irritability, but can also cause physical symptoms including headaches, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances.

Grief can manifest as sadness, loneliness, and even anger. For those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be a painful reminder of their absence. It is crucial to acknowledge and honor your feelings during this time.

Top 5 Strategies To Manage Your Stress & Grief

Below are 5 strategies to help you manage your stress and grief. It is important to find what works for you and your family as everyone copes differently.

  1. Prioritize Self-Care: The holiday season can be especially busy, but it is important to prioritize things that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether it’s reading, meditating, taking a warm bath, or practicing deep breathing exercises, find what works best for you.
  1. Set Realistic Expectations: Do not put too much pressure on yourself to create a perfect holiday experience. Set realistic expectations and focus on what truly matters – spending quality time with loved ones.
  1. Plan Ahead: If you are grieving, consider planning meaningful ways to remember and honor your loved one during the holidays. This might include creating a special ornament, lighting a candle, or sharing stories. 
  1. Seek Support: Reach out to friends, family members, or support groups. Talking about your feelings and experiences can be therapeutic. Your healthcare team is also available to support you, whether it be your doctor, pharmacist, or therapist. During the holidays these providers may be working reduced hours, but you can connect with a mental health professional 24/7 by calling 1-866-585-0445. 
  1. Monitor Your Health: Stress and grief can take a toll on your physical health. Ensure you are eating nutritious meals, staying hydrated, and getting enough rest. 

The holiday season can be challenging, yet it remains essential to prioritize your well-being, especially if you are dealing with stress or grief. By implementing practical coping strategies and seeking support, you can navigate the stress and grief that may arise during this time. Your PharmaChoice pharmacist is here to assist you on your journey to a healthy holiday season. Don’t hesitate to reach out for guidance, information, and support – you are not alone this holiday season.