Prioritizing Mental Health During The Holidays

The holiday season, typically associated with joy and celebration, can also bring about heightened stress, anxiety, and emotional challenges for many individuals. Balancing various commitments, family dynamics, and societal expectations can take a toll on mental health during this time. Prioritizing mental well-being amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays is essential for a healthier, more fulfilling season. You don't want to spend the upcoming holiday season sick or stressed.

Here are some ways to keep your mental health in good shape during the holidays:

  1. Be Gracious on Yourself: Be kind to yourself. Acknowledge that it's okay to feel overwhelmed or stressed during the holidays. Set realistic expectations and don't pressure yourself to meet unattainable standards.
  2. Establish Boundaries: Set boundaries to protect your mental health. Learn to say no to commitments that may overwhelm you. Prioritize activities that bring you joy and decline those that drain your energy. Remember that boundaries are an act of love to yourself and others.
  3. Manage Expectations: Your holiday doesn't have to be aesthetic. Recognize that the holidays might not always match the idealized version in your mind. Embrace the moments of mess and chaos. 
  4. Maintain Routine and Self-Care: Stick to a routine as much as possible. Prioritize self-care by getting enough sleep, eating healthily, exercising, and engaging in activities that rejuvenate your mind and body.
  5. Set Realistic Budgets: Financial stress is common during the holidays. Set a realistic budget for gifts and festivities to alleviate financial pressure and prevent overspending. It's not about the money; it's about the time spent.
  6. Plan Ahead: Prepare in advance by planning and organizing holiday tasks. Create to-do lists, delegate responsibilities, and avoid last-minute rushes to reduce stress.
  7. Don't Do it All: Take time to rest. You don't need to do it all!
  8. Seek Professional Help if Needed: If feelings of anxiety, depression, or stress persist, seek professional help. Therapists, counselors, or mental health professionals can offer support and guidance during challenging times. You don't have to do it all by yourself. There are some great resources here in Calgary.

Give yourself the gift of prioritizing your mental health this holiday season. You're worth it. 

Posted by Ken Richter on


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