It’s the most wonderful time of the year — but not for everyone. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 64% of people diagnosed with a mental illness state that the holidays make their condition worse. However, the holidays can also be difficult even for those without a diagnosed mental illness. The holidays can come with stress, financial pressures, and loneliness. With that being said, it’s essential to take extra care of your mental health during the holidays. Use these tips to check in on yourself and those around you this holiday season.
You can spend time with family and celebrate the holidays while still prioritizing yourself. First, recognize what stresses you out or overwhelms you, and try to take a step back or avoid the situation as a whole. Then, once a day, whether in the morning or at night, set aside time for yourself. Take a bath, go for a walk, or read a book. Whatever helps you relax, make time for it.
While the holidays are a time spent with family, this can be problematic for some. Some families don’t see eye to eye on everything, and that’s normal. With this in mind, it’s important to recognize that some relationships are out of your control, and it’s important to set boundaries. If you need to step back in some situations when a boundary you’ve clearly set is crossed, you should feel no guilt in that.
Keep a Healthy Schedule
In a time full of parties and celebrations, it’s easy to indulge in all the holiday desserts, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. However, when it comes to managing mental health, it’s important to maintain a healthy schedule of eating, sleeping, and exercising. Of course, don’t restrict yourself from enjoying the holiday treats, but try to eat healthy foods aside from the holiday parties.
Don’t forget to get good sleep as well! In addition to supporting your immune system, you’ll feel your best when you’re well-rested. Lastly, getting a brisk walk in or going to the gym can help to alleviate stress. Eating well, getting adequate sleep, and maintaining an exercise routine can help manage mental health during the holidays.
Talk it Out
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk to someone you trust. Whether that’s a family member, friend, or counselor, it’s important and helpful to vocalize your emotions. In doing so, whoever you’re talking to may have some practical advice for how you can manage those emotions and move forward. Or, sometimes all you need is a listening ear.
Create a Budget
If finances stress you out during the holidays, set a budget! Creating a budget can help you feel as if you have control of that aspect of your life. This can eliminate the financial burden of the holidays and even help keep you from overspending.
The holiday season can be a difficult time for many people, regardless of whether or not they express it. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or lonely, know that you are certainly not alone! This year, use these tips to manage your mental health during the holidays.
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