Mental Health And The Holidays

 Hi, my loves!

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Today I’m going to talk to you about mental health and the holidays. We all have our holiday traditions but sometimes, when you have mental health issues you can easily be thrown into a whirlwind of anxiety and depression. You need to have a plan to deal with these issues before they come on.

When you have a plan, you can resolve a lot of the issues when they arise. Some people just want to be left alone and others want to be outgoing but simply cannot because they are too consumed by social anxiety.

The first step is to try to calm yourself down before you go into a situation where there are going to be many people. Take a few deep breaths, grab your essential oils. Talk to yourself in affirmations. You can do this! You just must realize everyone around you wants you to be there and is not trying to make you uncomfortable.

If you are talking to someone who makes you uncomfortable, feel free to excuse yourself. Don’t’ feel obligated to engage in conversation with anyone who is making you nervous. If you can’t get into certain topics, tell them you prefer to discuss something else.  I know this can be difficult; but it is worth your mental health to protect yourself.

Pamper yourself. At the end of the day we need to have a little time for ourselves. Draw a bath for yourself, dance like no one is watching, and sing loudly. You deserve to feel good. Taking time to yourself and getting on top of self-care is important.

Don’t over-do it. You can take your time to enjoy the holidays. Bake cookies or watch holiday movies. We can try to follow hygge and take time to get cozy and productive. Maybe work on a project to keep your mind off of things.

Talk to someone you trust. If you are in therapy, talk to your therapist.
If you’re not in therapy, talk to a friend. Make an effort to express yourself and your anxieties this time of year. You are worth it. Letting yourself get worried and sick are not necessary. Open up
or write in a journal you can share with someone or even just keep it to yourself.

That’s all for now, folks!  Take care.

  • Julie

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