The official website of the Military Health System & the Defense Health Agency posted 2 articles on holiday stress and combating the holiday blues.

1. MANAGING YOUR HOLIDAY STRESS

To take control of the holiday season and reduce holiday stress level, Young and Dr. Georica Gholson, PCS clinical psychologist, recommend the following tips: (click link to read more)

  1. Set realistic financial goals for gift giving.
  2. Practice forgiveness. Acknowledge past feelings, and let go of the past.
  3. Try to remember that holidays don’t have to be perfect.
  4. Get organized.  Engage your family in helping you, so that tasks can be managed with help.
  5. Practice Mindfulness.  Spend a few minutes alone, practice deep breathing, stop and enjoy your life. Utilize your five senses to keep yourself grounded to the present.
  6. If you are deployed or away from your family during the holiday season, seek out the USO or other service organizations. Most have resources available to stay connected.
  7. Set boundaries in discussing specific distressing topics.
  8. If the chance of family conflict is high, it may be worthwhile to consider a hotel stay.

2. COMBAT HOLIDAY BLUES, FIGHT STRESS WITH HELPFUL HINTS FROM ACS

While the holidays are a joyful time, they can also be a source of stress. Learning how to handle that stress can keep the holiday season enjoyable. (click link to read more)


3. HELPING VETERANS COPE WITH PTSD DURING THE HOLIDAYS

The winter holiday season is regarded by many as a wonderful time of the year. However, the holidays can be a painful reminder of past times when life seemed better. Large groups of family and friends are often part of the holiday festivities, but this and other things may be stressful for someone with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). (click link to read more)