The holiday season is once again upon us. Despite the expectations of joy and festivities, this time of year doesn’t always go as planned. For many, the holiday season can bring about feelings of sadness, grief or disappointment. It’s important to remember that you are not alone.
This year, in particular, has brought unexpected challenges and the holidays are no different. Many of us are unable to spend time with family and loved ones. These circumstances can add to the stress that many of us are already feeling. We’ve put together some tips on how you can stay motivated and survive this holiday season.
Find Your Purpose
∙ The holidays have a different meaning for everyone. If this time of year brings up negative thoughts, try to find a new purpose for the holidays. Maybe it’s enhancing your self-care or finding time to accomplish goals you’ve previously put off. There is no right way—it’s important to do what works best for you.
Stick to Your Routine
∙ Even though many of us will have time off of work or school, it’s important to maintain your regular schedule. Sticking to a routine helps you stay on track and will make adjusting after the holidays much easier. If you find yourself struggling, try writing out a list of goals and tasks you want to accomplish!
Focus on the Present
∙ The holidays can bring up negative thoughts or memories of the past. Maybe you’re coping with grief or reminded of traumatic family incidents. If you know certain events around the holidays are triggering, plan accordingly to set your expectations to ease your stress.
∙ While many of us are unable to see our families in person this holiday season, take the time to check in with family and friends. If you’re feeling isolated, know that you are not alone. Make an effort to reach out to others who may be feeling isolated this holiday season.
Be Kind to Yourself
∙ If you’re able to find free time, take a moment to prioritize self-care. Maybe this is exercising, meditating, taking a bath, going for a walk, or watching your favorite movie. Be sure to make time for yourself!
Get Enough Sleep
∙ Sleep is an essential component to keeping up with your physical and mental wellbeing. Take advantage of time off work and school to catch up on sleep!
It’s Okay to Say ‘No’
∙ The holidays can often mean more obligations. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsafe, it’s okay to say ‘no.’ While it’s important to stay in touch with your family and friends, don’t let this add to your stress. Check-in with yourself and make decisions to benefit your own wellbeing.
Ask for Help
∙ If you’re struggling, it’s important to reach out for help—we are here to support you!
Charlie Health is here to support teens, young adults and families as they navigate this challenging time. To find a treatment program that is right for you, call Charlie Health today. You are not alone!