Back in my early public radio days one early December I worked on a story about holiday stress. Part of the feature involved attending a lecture on holiday blues at a local medical facility given by a psychologist whose office was on Milwaukee’s SW side.
I don’t recall his name but his message was very important, delivered in a frank, easy to understand manner. Later I interviewed him when I moved on to WTMJ. One of his many pieces of advice came from the playbook of Nancy Reagan. “Just say no.”
Can’t make it to Aunt Helen’s this year because your schedule is too hectic (or you just prefer not to go)? Simple. “Just say no.”
A new article from MakeItGrateful.com reminded me of that professional.
“It’s OK to say no,’’ says Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts on stress and the mind-body connection. Saying no to someone else can be a way to say yes to yourself — and it is one of the most important tools for holiday mental health.
So, what are some specific tips for letting go of things that might not benefit you this holiday season? We asked 5 experts, and this is what they said.