The holiday season is a busy time for everyone, but your mental health should not be pushed aside. Mental Health is a topic that is becoming something that is more accepted in our society today. So, while many people try and make new year’s resolutions about bettering themselves, why not start taking care of their mental health during the busiest and most stressful time of the year.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff: The holidays can be a busy and stressful time for lots of people, and it can be incredibly frustrating when things don’t go according to your plan, and that’s okay. But it’s important to remember that life will keep going whether you burn the cookies or the post office loses one of your packages. When something goes wrong, ask yourself, “Will this matter in ten years?” and don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Commit to kinder self-talk: There are many benefits of thinking and speaking positive things to yourself, especially when it’s grey and cloudy around here 90 percent of the time. Committing to kinder self-talk can help reduce stress/ anxiety, improve your self-esteem, and improve mental and physical health. Your brain is always listening, so choose to be nicer to yourself.
- Stick to a budget: When shopping for family and friends, everyone tends to spoil them with overly extravagant gifts. But it’s essential to set a realistic budget and stick to it. No one in your life wants you to struggle financially because you went over the top for their gifts. A bonus tip is instead of buying the people in your life something, decide to do an activity together and make some memories, such as pretending to be tourists in Seattle for the day.
- Prioritize your happiness: It can be challenging to be a functioning human being at the end of the day when you continuously put everyone else’s happiness before your own. Take some time to prioritize your happiness and well-being. You’ll be surprised at how good it makes you feel and how much more joy you have to go around!
- Reserve a day all for you: Treat yourself! It’s hard to think of yourself during the busy holiday season. Overworking yourself during the holidays can be draining while you’re running around making sure everything goes perfect. Take some time to get your nails done or play some video games or whatever you do for yourself. Taking your “me time” is something you should keep doing during this busy season.
We believe that if you can incorporate these five tips and tricks, your holiday season will be happier and hopefully less stressful.