For a lot of people, the holiday season is the time of year where they can reconnect with family and eat some good food. However, this is not the case for everyone. There’s a lot of stress that comes with the holiday season, with things like coordinating travel schedules or preparing food taking up a lot of our attention. Whether it’s due to mental health problems, stress, or family issues, the holiday season can be tough. Because of this, it’s important for people to be equipped to deal with this time of year. Here are some tips you can use to maintain your mental health during the holiday season.
Mindfulness is a word you’ve likely heard of a lot, and it's important to apply this concept during this time of the year. With all the anticipation around the holidays, it’s easy to get lost in everything that’s going on. Staying mindful will allow you to truly enjoy this time and avoid getting carried away by everything that is going on.
Avoid Drugs & Alcohol
Many people self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, and this phenomenon is especially prevalent during the holiday season. While some may feel some comfort when they’re using these substances, doing so will have negative effects in the long run. It will be better for you in the long term to address the issues that cause you to self-medicate instead.
Spend Some Time Outside
During the holiday seasons, it’s cold and it gets darker outside quicker. As a result, many people do not spend much time outside during this time of year. Spending a lot of time indoors can result in you feeling cooped up and sad. Putting on some warm clothes and taking a walk can help improve your mood.
Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
Family gatherings can induce anxiety because people tend to want to put their best selves on display. Whether it’s by talking about a new promotion or wearing an expensive pair of shoes, people tend to present the best image of themselves at holiday functions. It’s important to remember not to compare yourself to others at all times, but especially during the holiday season. Everybody has struggles they’re dealing with, and it’s important not to lose sight of this fact. Don’t compare your reality to the image that others are putting out there.
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