The holiday season is a busy time for most. There is so much to do, attend and plan, which can bring up feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, and depressed. Sometimes, these feelings are triggered by a specific event or life experience. There are many things happening around the holidays that can act as triggers. This is also a time where people may feel acutely aware of the void left by the loss of a loved one, and their own personal loneliness. Here are some practical tips to help you thrive through the holidays:
- Budget- There are many expenses over the holidays, planning a budget can help avoid overextending yourself.
- Family – Not everyone in a family gets along. Set boundaries and be realistic about what you can and cannot do. Perhaps stay for the night not the weekend.
- Overindulging – Winter months generally means less activity and more opportunities for food and drink which can lead to feelings of guilt or shame. Plan daily opportunities to be active.
- Taking on too much – Pace yourself and only take on what is doable. Prioritize what is important and enlist others to help.
- Loneliness and isolation– Make plans that include interactions with people such as; attending holiday activities hosted by your community, volunteering or joining a group. Let others know it would be helpful to check-up on you.
- Loss– Acknowledge the holiday season won’t be the same. Create a new tradition to honor your loved one and keep their memory alive.
- Check-in with your mental health– What are your strategies for staying mentally healthy and how to recognize when you are not in balance?
- End of year reflection– Avoid New Year’s resolutions but rather centre your focus on gratitude and celebrate what you are grateful for.
Contact Denise Butler (250)832-8477 ext 102 to learn more or visit our website www.shuswap-revelstoke.cmha.bc.ca
Good mental health is essential to overall health and well-being. If you find yourself struggling over the holiday season contact the crisis line at 1-888-353-2273.