Christmas and New Year’s are almost here, which means overwhelming pressure for most people as they scramble to buy gifts and throw feasts for their loved ones. However, this approach often takes a toll on their mental health.
Consider getting mental health teletherapy from Innovative Counseling LLC this holiday season if you feel that your mental health has been less than ideal lately.
Tips for Managing Your Mental Health During the Holiday Season
Our mental health counselors often recommend the following measures to our clients. You can benefit from them too:
Don’t Abandon Healthy Habits
People often neglect to keep up with healthy habits during the holiday season. They’re too busy celebrating with friends and family, and the structure and routine that ensure their mental well-being become easier to ignore.
For instance, regularly exercising is crucial for ensuring your mental health doesn’t deteriorate. Research shows that regular exercise improves mental health, reducing anxiety, depression, and negative thoughts and feelings. You don’t necessarily have to hit the gym and work out for two hours straight. But you can take a ten-to-fifteen-minute walk in your neighborhood to get some fresh air and improve your physical and mental well-being during the holidays.
Plan Ahead to Avoid Being Overwhelmed
It’s easy to become overwhelmed during the holidays. You have to meet friends and family members. Perhaps you didn’t get their Christmas gifts early, meaning you’ll have to scramble to buy last-minute gifts for everyone. Then, you might need to whip up a scrumptious Christmas feast for your partner’s parents, who are flying in from a different state to visit you over the holidays.
There’s no denying that the holidays can be an overwhelming and stressful time. That’s why you must plan ahead to ensure your mental well-being. Stress will undoubtedly cause anxiety. However, planning days for cooking and buying gifts in advance will alleviate this stress.
Seek Professional Help if Needed
Many people often refrain from seeking a therapist or counselor during the holidays because their therapist is on holiday. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot get professional help to get you through the busy and overwhelming holiday season.
Consider getting online psychological counseling to alleviate your stress and anxiety. Innovative counseling’s online mental health counselors provide therapy for anxiety and depression.
Stick to a Budget
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 64 percent of individuals report their mental illnesses worsening during the holiday season. The NAMI notes this is partly because of the increased financial stresses during the holidays.
It’s important to budget for the holidays in advance and stick to them. Create separate budgets for gift and food shopping based on how much you can comfortably spend. People often try to buy happiness with gifts. But remember that quality time and kindness go further.
Focus on What’s Important
Some people become so obsessed with having the perfect holiday that they lose sight of what’s important. Gifts and lavish feasts might bring temporary happiness, but the holiday spirit is about coming together and celebrating as a close-knit unit. Don’t forget what’s important this Christmas and New Year’s.
Ensure Your Mental Well-Being with Innovative Counseling LLC
The holiday season can take a toll on your mental health. Innovative Counseling LLC’s teletherapy services can help you deal with anxiety, depression, trauma, and PTSD.