NORWALK, Conn. -- Behavioral health specialists at the Norwalk Hospital Department of Psychiatry is offering help for local residents during the stressful holiday season.
The first piece of advice representatives are offering is to be realistic about how much money to spend on presents and the way in which family traditions or spiritual events are celebrated.
"For many people, the holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends," hospital representatives said. "For others, though, the additional responsibilities of shopping, cooking and decorating outweigh the pleasures of the holidays. For those who have lost loved ones or are experiencing other stresses, this can be a particularly difficult time of the year. The hustle and bustle can be overwhelming, so it is a good idea to prepare mentally for the days to come according to the Norwalk Hospital Department of Psychiatry."
Norwalk Hospital offers the following holiday tips for relieving stress:
- Set up practical, realistic family traditions.
- Practice time and money management.
- Talk with family and friends about expectations.
- Anticipate your problem areas (for example, alcohol, drugs and food).
- Do not attend parties when you are hungry and tired.
- Limit your holiday socializing to truly meaningful events.
“Do not mistakenly assume that you are the only one for whom the holidays are not perfect," said Lateef Habib, clinical coordinator of outpatient services for the Department of Psychiatry. "If you believe that everyone else is well organized, has enough money, goes to fun and exciting parties, and is generally happier, you may develop a real case of the ‘holiday blues.’”
Habib noted that those feelings could cause overeating, drinking too much, arguing with loved ones or feeling anxious and depressed.
Those who are having difficulty coping with the stresses of the holidays are asked to call the Norwalk Hospital Department of Psychiatry at 203- 852-2988.