As the holiday season approaches, many people feel overwhelmed and stressed. This is especially true for those who struggle with mental health issues. Taking care of your mental health during the holidays is crucial.
One way to prioritize your mental well-being during the holidays is by seeking support from a licensed therapist. A licensed therapist is a mental health professional who has completed the necessary education and training to provide therapy services. They are equipped with the knowledge and skills to help individuals cope with a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, and stress.
Therapy sessions can serve as a safe space for individuals to express their thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment or criticism. This can be especially beneficial during the holiday season, which can bring up a range of emotions and triggers. A licensed therapist can provide tools and techniques to help individuals navigate these difficult emotions and cope with any challenges that may arise.
In addition to traditional therapy sessions, many therapists offer virtual or online therapy options. This can be particularly helpful for those who are unable to attend in-person sessions due to travel or family obligations during the holidays. Virtual therapy can also be a more convenient and accessible option for those with busy schedules.
Prioritizing your mental health during the holidays is not selfish, but rather an act of self-care. Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally allows you to show up fully present for others, and allows you to find some joy during the holiday season. So if you find yourself struggling during this time, do not hesitate to seek support from a licensed therapist. They can provide the guidance and tools you need to get through the holidays with greater ease and peace of mind.
Here are some exercises you can do to better your mental health during the holidays:
Take a few moments each day to sit in silence and focus on your breathing. This can help calm the mind, reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
Connect with others:
Make time for meaningful connections with people who are important to you, and with people who value you.. Surrounding yourself with supportive and positive individuals can have a major impact on your mental health. Don't have those people in your life yet? You will.
Take advantage of the crisp winter air and go for a walk in nature. Being outdoors has been shown to reduce stress and improve mood.
The holidays can be overwhelming, so it's important to set boundaries and prioritize your well-being. This may mean saying no to certain events or delegating tasks.
Make time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as reading a book, taking a hot bath or listening to calming music. Self-care is crucial for maintaining good mental health.
Giving back can have a positive impact on both your mental health and the community. Consider volunteering at a local charity or participating in a holiday donation drive.
Seek professional help if needed:
If you find yourself struggling during the holidays, know that it's okay to seek help.
Reach out to a therapist or mental health professional for support and guidance.
By incorporating these exercises into your routine, you can better manage stress and prioritize your mental health during the busy holiday season. Remember to also practice self-compassion and be kind to yourself during this time.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and should be treated with the same level of care and attention. With the support of a licensed therapist, you can get through the holidays feeling empowered and in control of your well-being.
Maria Kastoras | LCSW