January 9, 2012 -The holidays are over and with January’s arrival, many people can
physically, emotionally and financially stressed.
Dr. Katy Kamkar, clinical psychologist in the Work, Stress & Health and Psychological Trauma Programs at CAMH is available
for interviews to discuss ways to cope with post-holiday stress.
Tips to cope with
- Look at
spending habits: set up a budget to minimize debts.
proper sleep, healthy diet, physical exercise can help with overall
- Seek social
support among family and friends.
conflict: one of the best ways to resolve conflicts include taking a
proactive position and discussing it.
- Use the holiday
season as a learning experience and plan to do things differently next year.
- Remind yourself
of the things you enjoyed over the season.
- New Year’s
resolutions: many people make resolutions and wish to make improvements,
but then abandon their resolutions and feel guilty, discouraged, and sad
for not accomplishing their goals, which can increase stress.
- Remember that keeping New Year’s resolutions is a process and
not a one time effort
- Set realistic goals and expectations
- Complete one goal at a time
- Use social support, keep track of your progress, focus on
benefits of improvement/changing/praise self for each step completed
- Think of resolutions as opportunities
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