holiday stress

10 Tips to Handle Your Holiday Stress

The holidays are fun and festive and colorful, but sometimes the season brings anxiety, too. The COVID-19 crisis only adds to this stress.

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

The holidays might feel a little more “normal” than they did in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic is still surging and the season might be stressful underneath the weight of it all. Keeping yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy this year is the greatest gift you can give.

Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

  • Get your COVID-19 vaccine, booster, and flu shot!
  • Wash your hands! You need to wash your hands after you use the restroom, prepare food, or are sitting down for a meal. Carry hand sanitizer with you for quick use.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when indoors if you are unvaccinated or you have a weakened immune system.
  • Avoid crowds if you are unvaccinated or you have a weakened immune system.
  • Do not host or attend parties if you are not feeling well.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.

Here are more tips for reducing holiday stress and having a safe & healthy season!

  • Take a break and unwind. If you need alone time, take it! Watch a favorite TV show, read a book, or take a long walk by yourself.
  • Move your body. Exercising or just standing up after a long time on the couch can really improve your mood!
  • Get plenty of sleep and fuel your body with good foods. Opt for water at lunch instead of beer or coffee.
  • Connect with others or with your community.

The holidays are usually a time for celebration, but not everyone feels joy during the season. If you are struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, please reach out to your healthcare provider, a trusted counselor, or call 911. You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK [8255] (1-888-628-9454 for Spanish) or Lifeline Chat. You can also visit or find them on Facebook for more information about the Tuscarawas County Health Department and their services.

Audrey Mattevi

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