Norman Regional Health System

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed just about everything in 2020, including many of our holiday plans.

This year, you may have to limit your guest list at the holidays or change your travel plans, causing extra anxiety during what is already a busy and sometimes stressful time of the year.

Since chronic or long-term stress can have harmful effects on your overall health if not managed properly, make sure you take time to take a deep breath, relax and go easy on yourself to make the holiday season as stress-free as possible.

Here are some tips that may help you destress and keep your spirits up:

  • Stay organized by setting goals for what needs to be accomplished and when it needs to be accomplished. Understand your limits and don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to tasks if you cannot handle anything new.
  • Stay active by trying to exercise 30 minutes or more per day to improve your mood and your overall health.
  • Choose healthy foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals to boost your energy level.
  • Get outside (even if cloudy) for some natural light therapy. Decreased sunlight, shorter days and cold temperatures can impact your mood. Spending time outside during the day can give you a little more pep in your step.
  • Plan fun activities with members of your household. Ideas include playing games, having a movie night, doing craft projects or baking cookies or other treats.
  • Schedule virtual visits with your family members and friends to lift each other’s spirits.
  • Focus on staying positive.
  • Get plenty of sleep to rest your mind and body. Adults should get seven to nine hours, while the amount of sleep recommended for children and teens varies by age.
  • Take a deep breath to calm yourself down in stressful situations. When you feel angry, try walking away, counting to 10 and regrouping instead of reacting.
  • Try relaxation activities, like meditation, yoga and tai chi.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Speak to your primary care provider or a mental health professional if you continue to struggle with stress, anxiety and/or depression, especially if it begins to impact your ability to function.

Norman Regional Health System remains committed to your health. Learn more about our telemedicine offerings and stay up-to-date on Norman Regional’s COVID-19 response efforts, which includes details on what to do if you think you may have COVID-19.