Why Prioritizing Your Mental Well-Being Is Critical for Joyful Celebrations
Studies show that the holidays can be emotionally draining for a large number of people. Depression rates soar and there are notable increases in the number of individuals that report feelings of anxiety and stress.
With Christmas less than a week away, it is important to take stock of what is truly important to you this holiday season and to focus on yourself as well as others.
Ways to Improve Your Mental Health:
1. Get Enough Sleep
Generally, getting a full night of rest is easier said than done during the holidays but there are ways to improve your sleep without resorting to over-the-counter drugs or alcohol.
For instance, limiting your caffeine intake can help you get better sleep. Exercising can also increase the odds that you will have a restful night. Avoid late-night parties if they are hampering your sleep and stay away from alcohol before bed.
2. Pass on Triggers
If you know that a situation is particularly stressful for you or would increase your anxiety, avoid it. Nothing says that you have to go to every party or every family get-together. Your loved ones should understand if you need to sit a festivity out for mental health reasons. They should offer you support when you need it.
If you are in sobriety, know that the holidays are a common time for relapse. Know your triggers and plan ahead for a way out. In some cases, you might need to make other plans altogether.
3. Do Good, Feel Good
It can be easy to forget what the holidays are all about. Among the Amazon packages and overpriced bows, you may lose sight of the giving spirit. Consider doing something that gives back to others in the community.
4. Stay in Control
Taking control of a situation can help remove some stress. You have the power to leave, you have the power over what you spend, and you have the power over what you eat and drink. If you cannot control any of these things, you may want to consider professional assistance or treatment.
5. Be Honest
Set realistic expectations during the holidays. By being honest with yourself you can remove disappointment and frustration from many situations.