Some look forward to the holidays, others have a more difficult time. Read the full post with tips on how to maintain strong mental health practices during the holiday season.
It’s already the middle of November! As we get closer to year’s end, many people are undoubtedly looking forward to the end of 2020.
The holidays that sit between now and 2021 may be even more challenging than usual this year, even for those who traditionally look forward to the season. So how can we reset our thoughts, rethink our actions and gain the strength to make it through to the new year?
Set realistic expectations for yourself and others.
While we may need to do things differently and swap visits in homes for virtual calls, acknowledging that it is okay to adjust our plans can help with the disappointment that can result from change. Mayoclinic.orgreminds us, “The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones.”
Increase your levels of exercise.
Try to get the walk in, even if you are tired or can’t go as far as you did the day before. Endorphins really can help boost both the body and mind. And, quiet time to think and breath deeply can help reset your thoughts.
Take a break from the phone, social and news media:
“Sometimes we just need to put down our phones, close our eyes and take a few deep breaths. Ideas are often in flight patterns around our brains, just waiting for clearance to land,” writes author Sam Harrison in his book
Creative Zing! Spark Your Creativity & Powerfully Present Your ideas. Information overload is real, and having the strength to take a break every once in a while can be relieving and rewarding.
Remind yourself of what matters most.
Thinking about the things that bring joy or happiness can help anchor our thoughts and help us focus on the present. Start a jar of little messages that describe what you are most grateful for. Have your family or friends participate and open the jar during the holidays next year.
Reach out if you are in need.
Reaching out to a friend or family member by text, phone or video call can make you feel more connected. If, despite your best efforts to cope, you find yourself persistantly sad or anxious, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional about how you are feeling.
Remembering to take deep breaths and embracing all the good we try to do each day, for ourselves and for others, can help us stay positive even in the face of uncertainty. This year, more than ever, it will be important for us to be kinder to ourselves as we approach the holidays. Even small steps can make a big difference.
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