Holiday Mental Health
Work and social calendars start to expand quickly as the holiday months approach. Work gets busier in anticipation for the upcoming time off, and social events now smother your down time to celebrate the season. As a result, stress and anxiety can easily overwhelm any situation. It’s important to manage your mental health during the busy holiday season and take time to focus on your wellbeing. Here are a few tips that can help manage your stress this holiday.
1. Don’t Slack on Sleep
Sleep deprivation can severely control or impact your mood. Physical and mental health will deteriorate without enough sleep, so be sure to catch enough zzzs for the best shot at having a good day.
2. Stay to Routine
Even with an influx of holiday invitations and social meetups, the more you stay within your normal routine, the more you’ll feel in control. When things start to disrupt routine, you’ll be less anxious and find it easier to adapt when it’s only a couple of disturbances vs. going about your day in a totally foreign way.
3. Stick to your Holiday Budget
One of the biggest stressors over the holidays is money. Eliminate this factor completely by setting a budget and sticking to it. Planning early also gives you more time to create meaningful gifts that don’t break the bank.
4. Don’t Rely on Drugs, Alcohol or Food
It is easy to rationalize taking a pill, pouring yourself a drink or going to the pantry to help relieve the stress and anxiety you feel this time of year, but there are other ways to decompress that are much more productive. Go for a walk or spend time with a loved one who is around for the holidays. You’ll feel much better in the long run.
5. Monotonous Work For Down Days
Save any repetitive, boring work for down days and more creative work for good mental health days. Try to save the tedious work for tougher days, as it’s a good strategy to keep up productivity while you’re struggling.
The holidays can be a tough time. Hopefully, these suggestions can help. As always, if you get too overwhelmed, reach out to a mental health professional you know and trust.