Holidays are a time to celebrate with your loved ones, take a break from work, and exchange personally selected gifts. Holidays can also bring great stress. Maybe you’re juggling buying those thoughtful gifts for your family members, finishing up that end-of-year report at work, and trying to make your house guest-ready, all at once.
Despite the holidays being a busy time of year, it’s important that you take steps to make your mental health a priority during the holiday season. Prioritizing your mental health will allow you to make it through to the new year while feeling your best.
Take care of yourself. This usually sounds easier said than done. Start by getting enough sleep, eating well, and getting activity in every day. Along with the physical aspects of your health that you can control, do what you can to control the mental aspects of your health. Meditate, write in a journal, or do a gratitude exercise.
Stick to your budget. Feeling out of control financially will increase feelings of stress. Financial issues are a huge contributor of worry, and the last thing you need during the holidays is to be checking your bank balance with feelings of anxiety. It can be tempting to over-purchase on gifts or give in to last-minute buys, but do your best to stick to your budget to maintain peace of mind.
Be realistic. The holidays this year may look different than last year. Perhaps you can’t celebrate with as many family members as you have in the past, or your gift budget is tighter than usual. As time goes on, you add new family members to the mix or traditions change. Whatever it may be, just remind yourself that there is no right or wrong way to celebrate the season.
Try saying no. It can be difficult to say no, but doing so can make a world of difference. You might be afraid to let people down or fail at juggling all the holiday responsibilities at once and without a hitch, but we promise that prioritizing your mental health is more important than taking on another task.
If your stress goes beyond the holiday season, consider speaking to a professional about what you’re going through. The Village offers counseling resources that are confidential and accessible. Call 1-800-627-8220 or request an appointment online today.