County offers a series of health & safety tips throughout the season

FREEHOLD, NJ – It’s time for last-minute shopping, final preparations and New Year’s Eve plans. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, try to remember to relax and manage your stress during the most wonderful—and busiest—time of the year!

“The holidays don’t have to take a toll on your health,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the Monmouth County Health Department. “Put taking care of yourself at the top of your to-do list—make sure to get enough sleep and lean on family and friends for support if you become overwhelmed.”

The CDC offers the following tips for managing stress during the holidays:

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. They may seem to be a temporary fix to feel better, but in the long run they can create more problems and add to your stress—instead of take it away.
  • Find support. Seek help from a partner, family member, friend, counselor, doctor, or clergyperson. Having a sympathetic, listening ear and sharing about your problems and stress really can lighten the burden.
  • Connect socially. When you feel stressed, it is easy isolate yourself. Make sure that you are spending time with loved ones. Consider planning fun activities with your partner, children or friends.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and give yourself a break if you feel stressed out—for example, treat yourself to a therapeutic massage.
  • Stay active. You can take your mind off your problems by giving—helping a neighbor, volunteering in the community, even taking the dog on a long walk. These can be positive ways to channel your feelings.

“The holidays may cause added stress, but you can use these tips for managing stress all year long,” said Curley. “Resolve to make your health and wellness a priority in the New Year!”