The holidays have officially come and while the holidays are a time for family, friends and celebrating, they can also be a time with increased stress and anxiety. Some may find the pressure to spend time with family and friends, shop for gifts, and/or travel to be overwhelming. Others may find themselves feeling lonely or isolated during the holidays.
If you are struggling with your mental health this holiday season, you are not alone! Here are five tips to help you get through the holidays:
1. Stick to your normal routine (as much as possible)
Sticking with a routine can help provide a sense of stability during the chaos. If you typically exercise or see a therapist, do not skip these things due to the holiday season. This can help you cope with the stress you may be feeling.
2. Be honest with your family and friends about how you are feeling
Your family and friends will be more understanding than you may think. It is ok to let them know you are not feeling 100% this holiday season.
3. Take a break when things start to feel overwhelming
Take a walk outside or spend a few minutes relaxing in a quiet room.
4. Do not hesitate to say no
It is ok to turn down invitations when you are feeling overwhelmed.
5. Utilize your support system
Whether it is your family, friends, or a mental health professional, talking to someone about your feelings and thoughts can help.
Remember you are not alone and there is no shame in reaching out for help if you
are struggling to cope during the holiday season. Reach out to your doctor or therapist and share with them how you are feeling. If you are looking for a therapist, New York Neurobehavioral Services has people who can help. At New York Neurobehavioral Services we are available and ready to help you through the holiday season.
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