Improve Your Mental Health During The Holidays (2022)

Improve Your Mental Health During The Holidays (2022)

 

The holiday season can be an exciting and a joyous time for many but it can also be the most stressful and overwhelming time for a lot of individuals.

Let’s be honest, the holidays can be a very challenging time of the year for a range of reasons from dark winter days, feelings of loneliness, loss of a loved one, financial pressure to stressful family gatherings.

No matter what the situation may be, it can have a negative impact on your Mental Health and Well-Being and can leave you feeling dreadful about the holidays.

Therefore, it’s important to look after yourself and your mental health during this festive period.


Few Tips To Help Improve Your Mental Health During The Holidays:

Connect With Others
Family gatherings can quite often get overwhelming, however, it’s important not to isolate yourself as it can worsen your mental health. Surround yourself with positive people you’re close to and trust, coworkers, friends or family alike.

We understand that not every one has a support network, in this case try volunteering or connecting with your local community groups or organisations. This creates opportunities for you to share your experiences with others, allows you to offer and receive support and can help improve your self-esteem & sense of belonging too.

Exercise
Staying physically active can help you feel relaxed and boost your mood. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym if you’re new to exercising, try simple workouts at home or even a 30 minute walk can be beneficial. However, ease into it.

Learn Something New
Take this opportunity to try and learn something new, a skill or hobby, even if it’s reading a new book.

Find something that you genuinely enjoy and incorporate it into your routine.

Boundaries
Maintain healthy boundaries and learn to say “no” when needed, especially if partaking in festive activities leaves you feeling stressed and drained.

If you find it difficult to be assertive and set boundaries, Vanquish Therapies can help you to identify the obstacles you’re facing and will assist you in vanquishing them.

Take A Break
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a stressful situation, try to take a break. Go for a short walk, listen to music, spend time with your pet etc. Anything positive that can help calm you, it’s important to spend time with yourself as well to do the things you enjoy.

Invest In Your WellBeing
If you find yourself in a situation where you feel like you can no longer cope or you just need a little help, use this time to take the first step into investing in your mental health and well-being. Reach out to us, Vanquish Therapies is here to support and guide you every step of the way.

Self-Care
Practice gratitude – Take a moment to reflect upon your surroundings and be thankful for the little things, this can help you feel and experience positive emotions.

Moreover, get plenty of rest, try maintaining a proper sleep routine as it can help improve your overall health. Where possible, try to eat healthy meals & avoid overindulging, excessive drinking & smoking which can be quite common during the festive period.

Kindness
Do something nice for anyone, even if it’s a stranger or lend an ear and really listen to someone, whatever you can manage and are able to do.  A small act of kindness goes a long way and this can help create positive feelings and improve your relationship/connection with others.

By focusing on your Mental Health and Well-Being with the incorporation of these tips and some positive thinking, you can make the holidays a less stressful time.

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