Health Fact Corner from the Saint James Health Ministry:

Crystal Richburg Oliver, Ministry Leader


Holiday/Winter season is quickly approaching, bringing for some, cheer, social gatherings with family and friends and celebrations.

 Did you know for many it’s a time of anxiety, financial strain, headache, sadness, and loneliness?

· Symptoms of anxiety can include heart palpitations, sweating, irritability and overall feeling of stress.

· Symptoms of stress can include physical and emotional signs such as headaches, excessive drinking, overeating, crying, and insomnia.

Risk factors leading to depression during these times are usually related to but not limited to:

life changes, chronic illness, financial troubles, excessive alcohol intake and lack of social support (friends/family).

Finding a balance towards the demands of this busy season of shopping, celebrating, entertaining can help reduce the feelings of being overwhelmed.

· Limit your commitments to outside activities/parties; prioritize important events

· Limit alcohol consumption (excessive drinking can increase feelings of sadness)

· Share in family responsibilities of shopping, cooking

· Place a financial limit or budget your purchases

· Look for free holiday activities (Holiday window showcase/displays without shopping!)

· Make time to take care of self. Rest and rejuvenate, ie: walks, baths, massages

· Spend time with supportive friends/family

· Volunteer/visit someone who may be feeling lonely to provide companionship for both you and them.

Holiday stress can be managed by taking these few suggested steps, but if symptoms become too much to deal with alone seek counseling, support groups and/or your primary care physician. Remember you don’t have to suffer alone. Sharing your thoughts and experiences with others can help with managing your feelings.








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