Mental Wellness Tips

THE HOLIDAY SEASON HAS BEGUN

HERE ARE STRATEGIES TO PREVENT FEELING OVERWHELMED AND PROMOTE ENJOYMENT, BALANCE AND MANAGEMENT DURING AND AFTER

1.       Define what the holidays mean to you to you. Ask yourself:

•             What you wish to accomplish by celebrating the holidays?

•             How the holidays relate to some important value, guiding principle or  religious

              beliefs you observe 

•             How you wish to feel during and after the holidays?

2. Ask for and accept help from others – Create fun events and invite others to share with holiday tasks: For instance:

•             Host a tree trimming party and each guest gets a special ornament

•             Host a holiday bake-off and each guest gets to take away some baked goods

•             Host a home /yard decorating or light installation party and celebrate with

              refreshments, carols or some group activity following the task

3. Recognize that the holiday season comes with additional demands

•             Deliberately make time to take a break or get some down time during the

              season

•             Be mindful and exercise moderation with holiday food and alcohol

              and refrain from excesses

•             Be realistic with planning and allotting time and energy to what is a fairly short

               period of time

4. Acknowledge that the holidays may trigger pain

•             Give yourself the time and space to grieve your losses. Grief is a healthy and

              necessary process

•             Reach out to your healthy support system for comfort, if you are lonely or

              hurting due to a painful life event

•             Validate your feelings, which make sense in light of whatever negative 

               life experience you have had.  Look forward to feeling better

5. Be okay with saying “no”

•             Let others know what you are willing to and not willing to do; This frees them

              up to move on with their request and keeps you from taking on too much

•             Trust your “gut” and go with determining if a request is beyond your comfort,

               energy, time and resource levels

•             Instead of saying, “no”, or “yes”, consider saying, “at a later time”, when you

               are actually able to reasonably comply with the request

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