5 Mental Health Tips to Get You Through the Holidays
01 Dec, 2022
Let’s face it, the holidays can be exciting, but also exhausting and overwhelming. Whether it’s the stresses of seeing family, the sadness from having loved ones no longer present, the pressure to drink and overindulge, or a million other demands, we all know that sometimes, the holidays can just be TOO much.
While we understand that this time may be chaotic, it’s important to take a step back and check-in with your mental health.
Here are 5 tips to help you get through this holiday season:
1. Acknowledge your feelings
Don’t force yourself to smile and act like everything is ok. If you need a good cry, recognize this and take some time to express how you feel.
2. Don’t abandon healthy habits
While it’s totally ok to overindulge sometimes, don’t treat the holidays like it’s a free for all. Overindulging will only make you more stressed and add further guilt. Instead, enjoy delicious cookies but don’t completely abandon your regular routine of taking care of your body (ie working out, eating your fruits and veggies).
3. Be realistic
The holiday traditions that you grew up with might not be the same that you have now- and that’s ok. Instead of getting sad about how “things used to be”, create new traditions for the way things are.
4. Learn that it’s OK to say no
Know that you don’t need to go to every holiday party you’re invited to. If a packed schedule overwhelms you, remember that it’s ok to set boundaries and choose to go to things that make you happy.
5. Take some time for yourself
Whether it’s taking a walk outside to listen to your favorite podcast or reading a book by the fire, it’s important to carve out some time for yourself.
Reisner, Peter . “9 Tips to Fend off Holiday Stress.” Mayo Clinic Health System, 31 Dec. 21, www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/fend-off-holiday-stress-with-these-tips. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.
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