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Catholic charities counselors provide tips on how to cope with stress

Guest Post by Buffalo Catholic Charities

With many of them separated from loved ones last Christmas time due to the coronavirus pandemic, families and friends across west New York plan to restore their holiday traditions this year. Buffalo Catholic Charities’ mental health advisors provide tips and coping strategies to help reduce stress and feel overwhelmed in the midst of the festivities.

“Christmas time can be a busy time for many of us, but after we missed the celebrations last year and the pandemic is still ongoing, it may be even more stressful this year,” said Michelle Abraham, assistant director of clinical services for Catholic Charities. “While it is a time to give to others, we must not lose sight of the importance of our own mental health and well-being.”

On this holiday, consider considering some of these tips from the mental health advisors at Catholic Charities:

√ From ingredients for special meals to gifts and trips to the store, plan ahead to avoid both procrastination and stress.

Refrain from excessive indulgence both when spending and eating to avoid regrets after the holidays.

Use meditation and mindfulness to handle stressful holiday gatherings. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath, step outside for a few minutes if necessary, and ask others for help.

Participate in activities that you enjoy during the holiday season. Pick a few activities or particular traditions that you want to enjoy instead of trying to go through all of the holidays. Excessive demands can lead to unnecessary stress.

Participate in self-care activities and use your vacation time. A new year is just around the corner so try to recharge your batteries by doing something rejuvenating and rejuvenating.

Maintain a normal routine to the best of our ability. Eating regular, nutritious meals and getting adequate sleep will help your overall mood.

Be friendly. Everyone has their own set of challenges, so be considerate of other people’s feelings. Participate in simple acts of kindness. From “thanking” a store employee to donating a toy to a child who may forego it, think of an easy way to please yourself and others this season.

The Catholic Charity’s team of professional and highly qualified counseling professionals is available to assist families, children, adults and seniors with everyday problems and serious concerns across West New York. For more information on these and other Catholic charity programs, visit ccwny.org.

Catholic charities have served individuals and families in need since their inception in 1923. These needs are diverse and widespread – from emergency assistance, to psychological counseling and treatment, to specialized services for older adults to help with vocational training and education. Catholic charities empower children, families, and seniors to lead meaningful, healthy, and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities provides assistance to meet immediate needs and then assesses clients on other needs to ensure long-term success. Catholic charities are excellent stewards of the donations they receive. They receive high ratings for transparency and sound financial management from the Charity Navigator and are a Better Business Bureau accredited charity. Catholic charities also receive top ratings for quality service from the Council on Accreditation. More information is available at www.ccwny.org.

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