December/New years is the time of year which is considered to be the season of joy. Some put up festive lights, start slowing down for the year, look forward to the holidays, parties, gifts and gatherings with loved ones. But for many, it can also be a time of stress, anxiety, and overwhelming emotions. If you find yourself struggling with your mental health during this time of year, you're not alone. In this blog post, we'll explore practical and accessible ways to cope with mental health struggles during the festive season - Christmas and holiday period.
1. Acknowledge Your Feelings:
The pressure to be merry and bright during the holidays can sometimes make it difficult to admit when you're not feeling your best. Remember, it's okay not to be okay. Take a moment to acknowledge and validate your feelings, whether they're joyous or challenging.
2. Set Realistic Expectations:
The holiday season often comes with a long list of expectations—decorating the perfect tree, hosting flawless gatherings, and finding the ideal gifts. Take a step back and set realistic expectations for yourself. It's okay to prioritise self-care and simplicity over perfection.
3. Create Boundaries:
Social obligations can be overwhelming, especially when you're already dealing with mental health challenges. Learn to say no and set boundaries that prioritise your wellbeing. It's crucial to protect your energy and focus on activities that bring you joy.
4. Reach Out for Support:
The holidays are a time for connection, so don't hesitate to reach out for support. Share your feelings with friends, family, or a trusted therapist. Sometimes, a simple conversation can provide the comfort and understanding you need.
5. Practice Self-Care:
Amidst the hustle and bustle, don't forget to prioritise self-care. Whether it's a warm bath, a good book, or a mindful walk, find activities that nourish your mind and body. Taking care of yourself is not selfish—it's essential.
6. Embrace Imperfections:
Perfection is an unrealistic standard, especially during the holidays. Embrace imperfections and view them as part of the unique beauty of the season. Allow room for flexibility, and don't be too hard on yourself.
As the holiday season approaches remember that your mental health matters. By acknowledging your feelings, setting realistic expectations, creating boundaries, seeking support, practicing self-care, and embracing imperfections, you can navigate the holidays with a greater sense of wellbeing. Take it one step at a time, and remember that you're not alone on this journey.
Wishing you a joyful and mentally healthy holiday season!