Kristen, our Riverstone Counseling program manager, shares some tips for addressing the holiday blues:
The holidays are often touted as being a joyful time with family and friends. However, this is not always the case. Between juggling obligations, difficult family dynamics, unhappy memories, or simply changes to our sleep schedule or diet; increased anxiety and a depressed mood are common around the holidays.
However, this doesn’t mean you have to forgo the holidays altogether!
Here are some tips to try if you are feeling the holiday blues:
- Practice gratitude, finding ways to be thankful for what you do have.
- Try to maintain a healthy diet and exercise during the holidays.
- Reach out and spend time with supportive family and friends.
- Don’t play the “should” game. Try to not feel that your holiday “should” be a certain way, because this can just add more pressure during the holidays.
- Don’t overschedule and tire yourself. Remember to try and relax and get enough sleep every night.
- Try to maintain daily routines.
- Make a list of things you enjoy doing that can help you relax, such as listening to music, spending time outside, meditating, or watching your favorite Netflix show!
Family members can also help their loved ones through a difficult holiday season by keeping these ideas in mind. Try to be supportive, patient, and understanding, and offer your loved ones the space and support to practice the self-care they need.
What works for you? Share your ideas for self-care in the comments.