The holiday season can be a stressful and overwhelming time for many people. After all there are families to deal with, events to attend, gifts to purchase, and somehow you need to balance all of this and at the same time keep your mental health strong. This is not an easy task for many people, but it is by no means impossible if you take advantage of the resources around you.
Here is a list of tools you can use to help you keep your mental health strong over the holidays:
Whether virtual or in-person, therapy really is a great way of staying on top of your mental health. A therapist can help you deal with the difficult situations that come with the holidays. This can be anything from feeling lonely, to handling difficult family dynamics, to toxic relationships, to name a few. A therapist will give you exercises and tips to help you navigate the holidays smoothly.
Setting boundaries may be hard sometimes, but they are one of the most beneficial tools for your mental health. It is a great idea to enlist your therapist’s help when dealing with this often-uncomfortable task. Setting your boundaries and communicating them can be the difference between spending a miserable time and having a wholesome holiday season.
Focus on the good things
The holidays are a very special time, full of love, family, joy, and warmth. Make sure you focus on the positive aspects of the holidays instead of letting the bad aspects take over your mind. This is something you have to actively commit to doing, since the bad thoughts have a way of creeping up and demanding attention when you aren’t looking.
Get your creative juices flowing
Another way to stay distracted and positive is by engaging in some creative projects. The holidays are a perfect vehicle for creativity after all, you can bake some holiday cookies and cakes, sing holiday songs, act in a holiday function, decorate your house, take some holiday pictures, or make your own presents.
Maintain healthy habits
With all the events and functions going on at this time of year it may be difficult to stick to your healthy habits. And starting some new ones may seem pointless when you can wait a few days and start the new year right. The truth is that it is very important for your mental health that you maintain a healthy lifestyle. So, make sure to keep exercising regularly and eat healthy meals every single day. This way you can also indulge in some holiday feasting without risking your mental health.
Take a break
If you start to feel overwhelmed, it is important that you take a break from everything going around you and make some time for yourself. It is totally fine to miss a few events if this means that you will be refreshed and recharged afterwards. Listen to your own needs and do what feels right for you.