Ways to protect your mental health this holiday season

With the holiday season and official start to winter now underway let’s be mindful that not everyone you meet is feeling holly or jolly during this festive time of year; for some, this isn’t “the most wonderful time of the year”, in fact it can be downright depressing and riddled with anxiety. 

Be mindful that those around you may be struggling and can’t just turn on and off their joy in order to make others feel more comfortable. 

For many of us, this time of year can feel even more lonely, overwhelming and filled with sadness and is something we cannot just take a break from because “tis the season”. If only it were that easy to control, then given the choice, of course we’d all choose happiness over the loneliness, overwhelm and sadness any day of the year. 

Here are some tips to help protect your mental health this holiday season:

Remember that it’s okay to set healthy boundaries for yourself. 

Keep the lines of communication open with family, friends and anyone else you choose to spend time with in the coming weeks.

Never allow anyone to make you feel like you have to explain yourself; “NO” means “NO”.

Stay on top of your indulgences; over-eating, over-drinking and over-spending often go hand in hand with the holiday season. Don’t lose sight of the risks that can come in doing so. 

Flush that long list of expectations you made down the toilet, the list which consists of all the things you think the holiday season is supposed to look like.

Take a break from a holiday gathering or two if you need to. Give yourself permission to do so. Press the pause button. 

Rest, relax, rejuvenate. Exercise, curl up with a good book, get outdoors. Take a stroll around your neighborhood to see all the pretty Christmas lights. Bake some cookies. Decorate a gingerbread house.

Ignore any snickers of “bah! humbug!”. Putting yourself first doesn’t make you a Scrooge. It makes you human.

Check on your loved ones.

Tis the season to be kind to others.

And remember these 3 little words, “I choose me”.

*on a sidenote for anyone who may think I can never see the glass half full, here goes; today being the first day of winter means that starting tomorrow the days will begin to get longer again and also, there are only 90 more days until Spring! 

Feel free to follow my journey @youareenough712.wordpress.com 

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Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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