Tis the season to be jolly, but unfortunately some of us struggle tremendously with our mental health around this time of year. The holidays can be a challenging time for many people, and it’s important to prioritize self-love and manage your mental health during this time. Here are some tips to help you manage your mental health during the festive season:
Set Realistic Expectations:
The holidays is meant to be a magical time of year but that magic doesn’t happen on it is own. It is okay to have high hopes for what you wish to accomplish during the season, But most importantly one needs to be realistic and manage expectations. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself or others to make the holidays perfect. There are still very uncertain times.
Connect With Others:
A strong support system is important all year round. This may look like family for some , friend and chosen family for others. Surround yourself with supportive people who you many be able to reach out to if you feel isolated or lonely. This can be a difficult time to spend alone.
Focusing on the things you’re grateful for can help you stay positive and grounded during the holiday season. Try to focus on the folks you love spending time with rather than the gifts you may recieve. Lessen your expectations physical gifts and enrich your emotional self with emotional gratitude.
Take Care of Yourself:
Make sure to prioritize self-care during the holidays. Take time to rest, eat well, and exercise. It’s also important to set boundaries and say no to commitments that might be too much for you.
We are living in uncertain times and I find watching the news or partaking in media weighs heavy on my mental health from time to time. I try to take breaks from the news and social media: It’s important to stay informed, but it’s also important to take breaks from the constant stream of information that can come from the news and social media.
Be mindful of your alcohol and substance use: It’s common for people to drink more during the holidays, but alcohol and substance use can have an adverse effect on your mental health and make it harder to cope with stress. Try to be mindful of your intake and seek help if you’re struggling with alcohol or substance abuse.
Remember, it’s okay to not feel festive or joyful during the holidays. Most importantly be kind to yourself and allow yourself to feel a range of emotions. We are humans and we aren’t meant to be positive and joyful always. That’s unhealthy. If you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out for support from friends, family, or a professional.