Managing Your Mental Health During the Holiday Season

As the holiday season is quickly approaching, it is very easy to neglect our mental well-being. For most, the holiday season brings lots of love, joy, and peace. For others, it is a time of feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, or maybe just overwhelmed. It is important to set realistic expectations before the season starts in order to properly manage your mental health in the most positive way. Listed below are several self-care practices to help you create your plan ahead of time. Simply adjust as needed.

  • Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness Meditation is a very valuable wellness tool that helps you learn how to slow down, relax, and breathe. It can decrease emotional stress, anxiety, and provide oxygen to the brain so that you can focus in a calm and productive way.
  • Exercise regularly: Stay on schedule with an exercise routine to create balance during the holiday season. Whether it be walking, riding a bike, or cleaning the house to music, be sure to get some movement in.
  • Socialize: Spend time with family and friends, whether it be in-person or virtual. Create memorable moments by attending local events filled with activities that you enjoy.
  • Pay close attention to your sleep regimen: A disrupted sleep pattern can cause a negative impact on your mental well-being. Those negative impacts can be from the number of hours you've slept, by having an overpacked schedule, or by the type of foods that you've consumed. Aim for seven or more hours of sleep per night and choose healthful foods.

Don't allow the busyness of the holiday season to impact your mental health. Remember, create your plan ahead of time and take full control of your schedule. With proper planning and by staying positive, you will have lots of love, joy, peace, and a calm mind to truly enjoy the holiday season.

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11/10/2021 8:19:09 PM
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