The holidays can be a stressful time mentally, physically, and emotionally. They sometimes tend to add stress to your regular daily stressors. Here are a few ways to help you stay grounded and mentally healthy this holiday season.

  • Recognize that the people in your life are who they are. You can’t change everybody – even the ones who may have a negative impact on your life. Try focusing on the one’s who make you feel good.
  • Organize your thoughts but give yourself permission to let some things go. Set some time every morning to write down what you have to do that day. This will help you stay focused on your goals. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get to everything. Tomorrow is a new day.
  • Take time every day to enjoy something about the season. Whether it’s setting up the Christmas tree, giving gifts, drinking a glass of eggnog before bed, try and do something that will help you to enjoy this time of year.
  • Take care of yourself. You might feel busier during the holidays. Make sure to give yourself time to exercise, eat, and get enough sleep. Taking care of yourself should be a priority.
  • Reach out. If you are feeling lonely, reach out to a family member or friend. Help out at a charity event or your local humane society. Give back to your community.
  • Do random acts of kindness. Pay it forward. Buy someone coffee. Donate to a canned food drive. Volunteer at an event. Compliment someone. Hold the door open for the person behind you. A small act of kindness can go a long way.
  • Be grateful. Appreciate what you have rather than wishing for something you don’t. The holidays can sometimes feel excessively material so spending some time thinking about what you might be thankful for in your life can make you feel a little better.

Read the rest of the article in PsychCentral here. (Main ideas by PsychCentral)

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