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Tips on not wigging out this holiday season

  • Published
  • By Senior Airman Daniel Liddicoet
  • 446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, good cheer and tidings fill the air as the New Year fast approaches. But while some blissfully enjoy the seasonal flurry, others are swarmed with the rising stressors of the holidays.

With a few practical tips and reminders, there are ways to combat holiday stress before it becomes too overwhelming.

"Finding a way to deepen spirituality at this time can be important," said Chaplain (Capt.) Paulette Mixon-Weller, 446th Airlift Wing chaplain. "It can be stressful if you've lost someone; grief comes to the forefront. Take care of yourself during this time."

According to the American Psychology Association up 38 percent of Americans report an increase in stress during the holidays in light of a dizzying array of demands.

"At some point, you have to figure out what you're not going to do during the holidays," said Col. Gerry Signorelli, 446th Airlift Wing vice commander. "You don't have to do everything, attend every party or buy every present. Take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy this time of year spending time with friends and family."

The following tips recommended from Military OneSource may help to curb anxiety:

  • Get plenty of exercise

  • Eat healthy

  • Do something kind for someone

  • Take some quiet time for yourself

  • Find a new hobby

  • Reach out to a good friend and talk about what is going on in your life

  • Spend quality time with your family

  • Get at least eight hours of sleep

  • Take time to laugh

  • Make a list of positive things in your life and practice gratitude every day

"Being around difficult relatives and keeping perspective can be difficult," said Mixon-Weller. "Sometimes peace is better than being right. Pick your battles."

It's important to be mindful during the holidays and not to let stressors accumulate unnoticed.

Chaplains are available at all times for Citizen Airmen seeking counsel during difficult times. Airmen can also call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to be connected with experts that can guide you through hardship.