Coping Through the Holidays, Part 1: Prioritize You
As Christmas nears closer with bright lights, repetitive music, and the inevitable family gatherings, it’s important to care for yourself and your mental well-being, especially if you currently struggle with mental health concerns or depression. It’s difficult to stay on top of all the obligations the holidays demand, which results in the holiday blues. This three-part blog series will explore ways to keep calm and even enjoy the holidays!
Grief can be a big part of stress or sadness that occurs around the holidays. If you went through a break up, lost someone close, or experienced trauma in the past year, it can bubble back up around the holidays. It’s important to allow yourself to properly heal. Don’t pretend you’re fine. Talk to a friend or family member. The holidays will feel a little easier if you acknowledge your truths rather than hiding them.
Self care is so important to hold on to your sanity. If you find yourself getting caught up in all the festivities and obligations but you’re not enjoying them, step back and take some time to relax. Something as simple as going for a walk can help release feel-good chemicals in the brain. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night. Drink some tea or read a book before bed and keep the technology off and out of reach to avoid harsh lights and distractions that may reduce your sleep at night. Leave the house – sometimes new scenery is all you need to feel refreshed. Christmas is a season where free local events pop up everywhere. Visit a light show, or go ice skating. Distract the mind for a while.
As the new year approaches, it’s important to focus on your successes of the year rather than your failures. Put emphasis on things you did well in, or happy memories. Dwelling on negative thoughts won’t help your well being or be productive looking forward. Write down all your successes – it may surprise you and be uplifting once you see everything awesome you did!
If you would rather get out of the house, come join our half-day Self-Love Retreat here at Aspirations Inc. on December 27th. The safe and warm environment allows you to calm and destress the mind while learning new mindful practices to take into the new year for everyday living and your relationships.
REMINDER: Christmas can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If you feel you’re overwhelmed or struggling, please reach out. Book an appointment with your therapist – Aspirations Inc. has therapists available throughout the holidays – or speak to a trusted friend or family member. You are not alone and don’t have to suffer alone.