The last few weeks of the year can be stressful with all extra things on your to-do list for holiday celebrations. Don't let the holidays stress you out. Take time to celebrate and take care of yourself as the year draws to a close. New Year's celebrations can inspire a fresh start. As you look ahead embrace all of the possibilities for your future and set attainable goals.
Ending the year on a high note
In preparation for your fresh start, make sure to set yourself up for success by following these holiday stress-buster tips as the year winds down:
- Take care of your physical health. Don't wait for the New Year to start a fitness routine. Make time to exercise and only indulge in holiday treats in small portions.
- Don't stress yourself over holiday details. When you look back on your holiday memories, chances are your children aren't going to remember if you forgot the matching bow on their gift wrap. Relax and enjoy making memories with your family and remember that your life doesn't have to be picture perfect all the time.
- Don't bury yourself in debt. Spend wisely during the holidays by making a realistic budget and sticking to it. Remember that gift-giving doesn't have to be expensive or material. Consider doing something nice for someone as a gift or making thoughtful handmade gifts to keep your budget under control.
Starting the New Year off right
Setting goals can be a powerful motivator and can help you focus your priorities for the New Year. Follow these tips to set goals that can help you start your New Year off right:
- Start by thinking about the big picture. Where do you want to be and what do you want to accomplish in the next five or 10 years?
- Break your big goals down into smaller, more manageable and realistic short-term goals. Accomplishing these smaller goals along the way can be exciting and keep you motivated to continue working toward your long-term goals.
- Turn to the Family Readiness System for resources. They have a wealth of resources to help you with both short and long-term goals.
Reach out to Military OneSource or the Military and Family Life Counseling Program for confidential non-medical counseling
Especially during the holidays, look out for signs of stress, such as irritability, fatigue or negative feelings. Take a break when you need it and ask for help. You can turn to Military OneSource for confidential non-medical counseling services during the holidays or at any other time throughout the year.
Non-medical counseling can help you work through issues of everyday life including relocation adjustment, anger management, stress, job-related concerns, parenting challenges, relationship issues and more. Contact Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to connect to a licensed counselor online, over the phone or face-to-face. You may also access face-to-face confidential non-medical counseling services with a licensed counselor through the Military and Family Life Counseling Program. To locate a Military and Family Life Counselor please contact your family center, the Child and Youth Program, the school principal or your commander.