Underneath the tinsel and greenery decking the halls this holiday season can be a not-so-thin layer of anxiety, sadness and stress that threatens to unravel like a ribbon on a carefully wrapped package. The hustle and bustle, the endless lists of things you need to do after work each evening or cram into the weekends, the parties to attend (bearing a homemade version of your grandmother’s famous fruit cake), and the pressure of creating memories for generations in your family can become too much for anyone to bear.
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We understand that, mostly because we’re struggling with the holiday traditions and obligations right along with you. There are ways, of course, to alleviate some of the stress we heap upon ourselves through New Year’s. We’d like to offer you the collective wisdom of the health care providers in the Care New England health system this holiday season. Our nutritionists offer pointers for healthy eating and navigating the holiday party buffet line. Our mental health professionals provide insight into conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder and depression that might help you better cope. Our physical therapists outline the benefits of exercise during the holidays to alleviate depression and stress.
As you focus on your health through the season, you might also want to consider sharing the gift of health. Care New England offers a wide variety of programs your friends and relatives would love – a membership to our Wellness Center
, a session with a massage therapist
, or a class of their choice from our extensive calendar. Maybe you could even treat yourself to something as a reward for getting everything done.
Check out the articles and the resources we have at Care New England, and remember that the holiday season can only be merry and bright if you feel healthy both physically and mentally. Taking care of yourself should be at the top of every to-do list your write.