LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year...for some people. But for others, the holidays can be full of anxiety and stress.
"This is the time of year that we have to make sure we don't forget about ourselves,” Arkansas Heart Hospital’s Dr. Urmi Jani said.
If festive food and twinkling lights make you feel more stress than holiday glee, Dr. Jani says you're not alone.
"Sometimes holidays can bring back maybe not so great memories, so then there's pressure to feel happy all the time, even when you're not feeling that way," Dr. Jani said.
She said that pressure is the key stressor this time of year...coming at us from all angles.
"Pressure to make sure that everything is beautiful and the lights are all hung," she said. "Pressure to make sure they get the right gift for coworkers or family members. Pressure to attend all sorts of events that are going on."
When so many of these holiday pressures feel unavoidable, what do you do? Dr. Jani says take a step back and take care of yourself.
"What if they don't like the gift that I bought?" she said. "What if Great Uncle Stan says something negative about my job? Remember to keep perspective. Remember that you're probably only seeing Great Uncle Stan for a couple of hours."
Dr. Jani says the most important gift you can give yourself this holiday season, is self-care, and when you're feeling the weight of the pressure and stress know that help is out there.
"The biggest thing is to not struggle in silence. Reach out to people. They want to help, especially this time of year,” she said.
Dr. Jani also suggests finding a way to give back during the holidays. Making others happy can have a positive effect on your own mood.