Managing mental health symptoms during the holidays
There are many ways you can manage your mental health during the holiday season. Set realistic expectations for yourself, and realize that it’s ok to say no to things you know will stress you out.
Try to keep up healthy habits such as a balanced diet, physical activity, and practicing mindfulness; don’t rely on alcohol or recreational drugs to help deal with stress and emotional pain.
Plan ahead as much as you can. Knowing what is coming next or setting aside time to complete certain tasks can be a huge anxiety relief.
Realize that it’s ok to feel sad during the holidays. Acknowledge how you feel and remind yourself that these feelings are valid. If you keep your emotions bottled up, it can be harmful in the long run.
Don’t be afraid to ask or reach out for help. If you feel alone, anxious, depressed, stressed, or lonely, reach out to family and friends and let them know. They might be able to take some stress off of your plate or lend a non-judgemental ear.
If you feel depressed or anxious for an extended time, it may be time to talk to a mental health professional. Serene Health offers a wide variety of behavioral health and mental health services. We also have appointments available seven days a week on our telehealth platform so that you can talk to a therapist online from the comfort of your home. Call us at 844-737-3638 or visit us at www.serenehealth.com to schedule an appointment.