Social Media Can Worsen Holiday Stress

Social Media Web SignsExperts say social media can increase anxiety during stressful times, such as during the holiday season.

According to Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center:

Social media is full of all kinds of anxiety…Would you go to a party and hang out with a bunch of anxious people? Recognize now that this is an anxiety hub where people are trying to dispel their anxiety.

For this reason, you may wish to consciously stick to social media sources that are positive and uplifting during the holiday season.

Here are five tips from doctors on alternative ways to deal with holiday stress.

1. Prepare for things to go wrong
Flights get delayed and you burn the food. Things will go wrong, so expect it and prepare in advance.

2. Make a pact with friends and family
Make a pact with your close friends and family members ahead of time to help each other out.

3. Check in on yourself
Set an alarm every hour to note things you are grateful for.

4. Go outside and get some fresh air

5. Cut your self some slack
It’s ok to be feeling “bugged out.” Don’t judge yourself!

Read the entire article at Huffington Post.