The holidays can be a time of laughter and good memories, but for some, it can be a time where people have extra stress and anxiety.
“People can get excited about the holidays and look forward to them, people can also get anxious about how things are going to go this year, what’s going to happen at the family dinner, and did I get the right gift,” said Rick Seidel, Clinic Physiologist PhD.
Doctors say it’s normal for some people to feel sad or stressed during the holiday season.
Some symptoms people can experience include seeming on edge or nervous, feeling overwhelmed, and or not being able to complete normal tasks.
They say the best thing to do is to relax, take some time for yourself, make realistic expectations and try to keep a regular routine of eating healthy and lots of sleep.
Doctors also say talking to someone can alleviate a lot of the stress.
“Sometimes people feel comfortable talking to their physician, or perhaps a clergy person they are close too, maybe just a good friend. But I think that it’s important to have a conversation with someone and if that means you need professional help that’s fine, but sometimes you just need someone to talk too,” said Rick Seidel, Clinic Physiologist PhD.
Doctors say Carilion Clinic Connect is a good resource for people to use if they are feeling distressed, you can call the number 540-981-8181.