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Creating Holiday Cheer

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year; they can also be very stressful. As we hustle from holiday activity to holiday activity, it’s essential that we remember to slow down, manage stress, and take time to care for ourselves. Here are some helpful hints to manage stress during the holiday season as we head into the new year

  • Don’t lose sight of what really counts. What matters most differs from person to person. Identify your priorities and goals and focus on the things that help you fulfill those goals.
  • Respond with kindness. It is no secret that the world has been under a lot of stress these last two years. It is easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and forget the struggles others may be going through. Even when you feel stressed or encounter individuals who may be grumpy, try to take a step back and respond with kindness. Kind words and a genuine smile go a long way.
  • Remember, it’s OK to do less. It is OK if you don’t cross everything off your “to do” list. Everything will be OK! Taking time to breathe and relax is very important and should be at the top of your “to-do” list.
  • Accept imperfections. Find the beauty in the imperfection and chaos of the holiday season. Always remember the wise words of Bob Ross “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.”
  • Set healthy boundaries. It’s OK to say “no.”
  • Maintain your healthy habits. Try not to overdo it on the sweets, continue to get daily exercise, and ensure you get adequate sleep each night.
  • Reach out. The holidays are a time to connect with those we love deeply. It can also be a time that triggers depression and anxiety in some people. If you are struggling, please make sure you reach out for help.
  • Rethink your resolutions. Be gentle with yourself. Break down your goals into smaller steps that are easier to accomplish. 

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

With love from our Canyon View Medical Group family to yours.

Haley Pledger, PA
Women’s Care
Matthew Walton, DO
Austin Bills, DO
Family Medicine
Aaron Fausett, PA
Family Medicine
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