Making it Through the Holidays

For some, the holidays are not all holly and jolly. The stresses can pile up, grief may be present, and anxiety can try to take over. Finding ways to cope through the holiday season will be a goal for many of us. Here are some ways to help you find some joy and protect your mental health along the way!

  • Keep your regular routine. Changing up your schedule can add additional stress, so try to stay on track. Exercise like you normally do, stick to your meal plans, and don’t overload your days.
  • Set your boundaries. Remember, it’s okay to say no. Prioritize and simplify your schedule. Resist the urge to overextend yourself; this is your holiday season too!
  • Be realistic. The holidays can be a time when everyone around you seems to have it all figured out and look picture-perfect. Forget perfection, choose relaxation and enjoy the loved ones around you.
  • Breathe. Take a moment to step back from the activities and busyness. Take a short walk or find a quiet space to have a moment to yourself. Self-care is key!

Don’t let the holiday chaos keep you from finding your own joy and peace of mind. Holiday depression is real, and while there are many reasons you might not feel festive or joyous this time of year, practicing self-care, setting boundaries, and finding a support network can help keep the holiday blues at bay.