During the holidays, it’s easy to become consumed with a busy schedule and long to-do list. But to truly enjoy the season, you need to spend time taking care of yourself as well. This can be simpler than you think. By taking time for a quick boost every day, you can invest in your mental health during the holidays, and better cope with holiday stress.
Get some sun
The winter season brings fewer daylight hours, which can take a toll on your mental health and even cause illnesses like Seasonal Affective Disorder. Give yourself a mental health boost by spending a little time out in the sun each day.
Maintain your normal mental health routine during the holidays
Though the holidays can be busy, it’s important not to let any of your current mental health practices fall by the wayside. For example, if you see a therapist, it’s important not to cancel any of your appointments during this season.
Don’t overextend yourself
The holidays come with lots of things to do, people to see, places to go and presents to buy. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the extra activity the season brings, be careful not to overextend yourself emotionally, physically or financially. Budget your time, money and resources to make sure your holiday season doesn’t become a burden.
Get plenty of sleep
The extra demands of the holidays require extra rest. Schedule seven to nine hours of sleep each night to ensure you have the energy to enjoy the season.
Indulge in unhealthy foods in moderation
Opportunities to enjoy unhealthy foods abound during the holidays. While you should indulge in your favorite holiday treats, make sure you balance unhealthy choices with nutritious foods and plenty of water as well.
Engaging in physical activity is one of the easiest ways to give yourself a mental health boost during the holidays. Make time to get some exercise at least a few times during the week.
Kick back and relax
In the midst of holiday hustle and bustle, it’s important to take time to unwind. If you’re feeling run down, spend a few hours relaxing by listening to music, reading or doing another activity you find soothing.
The holidays can be stressful, but the tips above can help you have a healthy, happy season. In addition to the mental health coping mechanisms above, you can also seek professional help from the experts at Baptist Health. Learn more about the mental health facilities and services available to you, including geriatric behavioral health, and find the mental health service that best fits your needs.