Managing Holiday Stress
The holidays can be a stressful time for us all. Whether you’re stressed about finding the perfect gifts for the right price, planning the perfect gathering, or ruminating on the negative feelings the holiday season unearths, it can be a hard time on your mental health. Here are some tips to help you reduce your stress and focus on your mental health this holiday season:
Keep Your Healthy Habits
With all the holiday sweets, holiday dinners, and holiday alcohol around, it can be tempting to give up on healthy eating and exercise for the month. You’ve worked hard to establish these healthy habits, so keep up with them through the holidays to keep your mental and physical health strong. That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a treat here or there, but consider indulging in moderation.
Make a Budget and Stick to It
It can be tempting to blow your money on the nicest things for your loved ones this holiday season, but try sticking to a budget. Financial trouble can be a major stressor, so sticking to a budget can ease the stress of holiday spending. Don’t want to seem cheap? Try more thoughtful, homemade gifts instead of expensive, store-bought ones.
Pay Attention to Your Feelings and Take a Break
The holidays may surface negative emotions like loneliness or tension with family. Acknowledge those feelings instead of pushing them down, and take a break to do something you enjoy. Don’t be afraid to say no to a few holiday plans or to doing all of the cooking for a gathering, and focus that time on a positive activity like journaling or reading a book.
Despite what the movies tell us, the holiday season isn’t going to be perfect or erase all differences between people. Enjoy the holiday season, but don’t push yourself to be perfect and happy through it all, or pile high expectations on every gathering. Take it as it comes and try to focus on the positive.
Seek Professional Help If You Need It
The holiday season can surface and agitate many feelings. If you feel overwhelmed, or like you can’t handle it on your own, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Practices like ours are here to help you without judgement.
Hopefully these tips can help you manage your holiday stress to have the most positive, healthy holiday season possible for you. From all of us at Cognitive Health Solutions, have a safe, healthy holiday season.