Feeling saddened by all the good cheer? According to the World Health Organization (WHO) this happens to approximately one in four individuals. Dreading the holidays doesn’t make you a Scrooge; it makes you human.
For those already challenged with physical or mental health problems, the additional stress of the holidays can quickly become overwhelming. Below are a few ideas on how to practice self–care during the holiday season.
Keep expectations manageable
Try to set realistic goals for yourself. Organize your time and make a list of priorities.
It is OKAY to not feel overly happy all the time, and it is OKAY for those feelings of anxiety and sadness to be present.
Reach out to someone. Being in a festive atmosphere with other good people who are doing good work is a great antidote for loneliness.
If financial burdens trigger your anxiety and depression prioritize the most important and do not exceed your budget! Try to reflect on what is most important during this holiday season and personal values.
Ask for help
Holidays are often a time where people seem to over extend themselves and put too much on their own plate, it is always okay to ask for help.
Remember to have “me” time
It may be a vacation from work but with planning gifts, traveling and parties, it can create a more stressful environment. Schedule self-care activities (exercise, meditation, a hobby you enjoy) at the same time each day so they become routine.
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