Avoiding Holiday Stress

Dr. Ryan Fuller on how planning ahead can help you avoid stressful situations.
5:03 | 11/23/11

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It's called the most wonderful time of the year but the holiday season can also be incredibly stressful so how can we avoid the holiday headache. Joining me now -- doctor -- Fuller a psychologist with tips on how to avoid all that stress over the holidays after -- thanks so much for joining -- my pleasure. -- little bit about the comments dressers for a lot of people over the holidays I mean my understanding that everyone has specifics -- but there are some. Some universal's and that. Sure -- for most of us just being with family although it can be the most wonderful meaningful. Experience. That's also -- very stressful most of us don't realize that family members are in fact the most common trigger for for anger. Right and that of course if you happen to be trying to lose weight there's all the food right -- envious Dresser as well the end regardless of the holiday food is everywhere it's pretty ubiquitous and if you're. Trying to diet or something like that it's certainly commute -- stressful when alcohol let's say you have to be careful of alcohol -- -- suddenly exposed to government straight game. Yeah I mean alcohol works its way into almost all festivities it's a party or -- the sit down dinner and you know does everything from -- blood sugar make us hungrier -- Does inhibiting us -- leading us to say things that might regret -- other issues come up over the holiday is such as money worries things like that. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Have a disrupted by staying with -- or something like that was sort of lose our grounding answer that in itself -- -- -- -- right and Lynette what stress does to our bodies what is at its. Sure I mean stress and of itself is you know it's a natural physiological response it prepares us to deal with with threats but the -- aspect of preparing us for. Are trying to escape a predator or in -- battle arrival it's not so good if we're trying to sort of field. Controversial question from mark and laws about politics -- trying to decide how to answer it doesn't actually helped him. We're getting into an argument with your sister in law -- that he's not -- that. So yeah let's advice -- let's say you we understand are going into a stressful holiday season let's say we don't. Get along so well with some members -- extended family I would say that they are very few people that are fortunate enough to say they get on equally well with everyone -- -- extended family write letters to people. Then took over -- people can be at issue so what advice do you have that. Yeah I -- the first pieces is what you really touched on which is that we oftentimes have information that can be quite helpful to plan but we still use it and so. Family members may be the folks that and upsetting -- off more frequently but we usually know the kinds of things they've done in the past that do that. What we want to do is make should we sort of predict for those things planned for them. And then prepare -- on the right. -- so I mean if you think about stress oftentimes it's because our expectations. Aren't met and we're sort of shocked or surprised rights and I -- clients a lot sort of say I can't believe he did that again. So go into it realizing you know what some of these some of the things that are gonna happen today -- probably -- annoy me a lot. So I should just be prepared that's exactly right prime those realistic expectations before you step through the door. And then -- say it's only does happen let's say there is some kind of confrontation. And or something is said that really burns you up. Take a moment right. Yeah -- -- -- very important to realize that we have the right to dis engaged and it might be really a good idea to re engage once or sort of temperature comes down -- staying and continuing the cycle of ratcheting up isn't going to be helpful step away take a few breast cool off and then come. Comeback and perhaps engage if you feel its massive dance act. Now -- do you have patients that debate whether or not to attend these holiday family -- at all. Yes he's a couple weeks before the holidays there's a lot of discussion around that because people have and -- psychological baggage from. Childhood or even recent feuds with family members and things and so. It is a big part of point of discussion now is for those of your patients or people that you. -- decide not to attend doesn't that also have its own set of Strasser is for instance loneliness on the actual day of the holiday. Short we want people to be very in a proactive and it to take control so if if they've made that decision on -- -- make sure that it's their decision imminent they do we want to make sure they're scheduling things. Social things out of the house but also even activities scheduling throughout the day so they can be kind of plugged -- some things to rejuvenate themselves and make them -- -- they're caring for themselves. Right I think so what you said it's crucial that the the person has to feel like it is their decision whether to attend or whether. You do not attend you've made the decision to do so. Yeah we really encourage people you know we have weight loss groups and -- -- and so when they're gonna idiocy -- is a big issue and so we had a -- into the pros and cons to that if they choose to go they own the decision and I -- and has not being imposed on. Very important and -- that being said happy holiday and enjoy the holidays comfortable -- thank you so much. You --

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