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Coping with the stress of the holiday season

Melanoma Canada (formerly, Melanoma Network of Canada) is thinking about you this holiday season.  Whether you are someone who loves the holiday season or could do without it, there can be no doubt that this time of year can produce a variety of emotions, including stress. 

Our Top Four Tips for the Holiday Season

1) Be gentle with yourself

There can often be pressure for perfection in the holiday season. Whether it be gifting the most sought-after present, preparing the most delicious meal, or precisely following every family tradition, the pursuit of perfection can be overwhelming. Be gentle with yourself and your loved ones this season and try to reduce stress whenever and wherever you can. 

2) Pick up that pen and paper 

With the holidays being the busiest time of year for many, it can be easy to take on too much or neglect selfcare. Utilize lists and planners to visually understand where you are putting your time and effort this holiday season. Prioritize tasks and goals to avoid spreading yourself too thin.

3) Set and respect your boundaries

For many, the holiday season is the season of giving. Giving back to family, friends, and the community can be a wonderful feeling, but it is equally important to recognize your own needs. Set boundaries around how much time and energy you can contribute to others without leaving yourself feeling burnt out. You may find respecting these boundaries to be difficult, but remember, you cannot pour from an empty glass!

4) Feel your feelings

With many of those around us feeling joyful and optimistic it can be difficult to acknowledge that we may not being feeling the most cheerful. Regardless of cause, give yourself permission to feel your true emotions this holiday season and remember it is okay to mourn, cry, and feel sadness. If you feel like you need more support, please reach out:
Email: mzawadzki@melanomanetwork.ca
Phone: 905.901.5121 x108

If you have any tips you would like to share with our community please share them in the comment section below.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you and your loved ones a festive holiday season and a prosperous New Year! 

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