The holiday season is not a happy time for everyone.
While some are enjoying the company of friends and family, the craziness of the stores, and all the season’s festivities, others experience this as a time of struggle with stress, anxiety, and depression.
If you are among the latter, it’s important to reach out to your support system in order to protect yourself from becoming overwhelmed.
While feeling down, stressed, or anxious might make it difficult to find the strength to reach out, remember that isolation and loneliness only lowers your mood.
Don’t retreat into your shell!
I know it’s difficult, and so much easier said than done, but here are a few suggestions that I utilize to keep my spirits from plunging this time of year…
Before I start to feel down, I call my best friend from college. We only talk once or twice a year, but it is so good to spend an hour or so catching up.
She is by far the most entertaining storyteller and I can always count on her to make me laugh!
As a therapist, I know a few of my teen clients play video games to destress and relax. Games like Minecraft, Stardew Valley, and Harvest Moon offer a way to relax our minds and bodies but still require your brain to be active.
If you aren’t completely opposed to gaming, give one of them a try.
As long as you’re able to find what works for you to make it through this holiday season in one piece- that’s what matters!
If you are like many who suffer with mental health issues, the holidays can be… well, “extra”.
That said, be sure not to cancel your therapy appointments!
This time of year can bring up a host of difficult emotions, so sticking to your schedule and self care routines is key.
If keeping up your usual schedule isn’t an option, at least remember to put your mindfulness tools to use!
And, whatever you do, try not to rely on drugs or alcohol to “get you through” the season.
Instead, start by setting realistic expectations and healthy boundaries.
Take some time to breathe and soak in some sun to beat the holiday blues. And, as always, if you need help ask for it.
You are the most important gift you can give those around you, so be kind to yourself this holiday season.