The holidays can be a stressful time, even in the best of times. Navigating family dynamics, dealing with volatile political conversations, managing expectations, and dealing with stressors can be difficult for anyone. For those who are struggling with mental health issues, the holidays can feel like an insurmountable challenge. In this article, Meisel NP Psychology offers some tips on how to manage your mental health during the holiday season.
Set Realistic Expectations
The holidays can bring up a lot of expectations—we expect ourselves to make everything perfect for our family and friends. We expect others to act in certain ways or to show up in a certain manner. It’s important to remember that no one can be perfect all the time, including, yes, even you. These expectations can place an undue amount of stress on ourselves and our loved ones.
Instead, set realistic expectations for yourself and for others. Let go of the things you can’t control, such as other people’s behavior.
It’s easy to lose perspective when watching idyllic holiday movies or seeing what appears to be perfect holiday celebrations on social media. Don’t compare your own experience to others—everyone’s holidays are different and unique. And often, what is being shared publicly are the best moments and not necessarily the full picture.
The holidays can be overwhelming, so make sure to take care of yourself first and foremost. Set boundaries that work best for you when it comes to socializing, spending time with family, or any other activities that may cause you stress or anxiety. It is okay to say “no” if something does not feel right or if it is too much for you at the moment.
Make Time for Yourself
It’s easy to get caught up in making sure everyone else is happy during the holidays, but it’s important not to forget about yourself! Make sure you carve out some time during the day just for yourself—take a walk, read a book, watch a movie—and you will feel refreshed and ready to tackle whatever comes next. This is especially important if you struggle with anxiety or depression; taking breaks can help reduce stress levels and allow you to refocus on what matters most.
Don’t Skip Your Medication
If you are currently prescribed medication to help manage your mental health, it is important not to forget your medication during the holidays. Remember to take your medications as prescribed and follow up with your medical professional if you have any questions or concerns.
Not sure if medication is for you? Talk with us at Meisel NP Psychiatry. We have found Ketamine Therapy and other medications to be effective in aiding mental health conditions and can assist in managing them.
Get Support If You Need It
Finally, don’t be afraid to seek out professional help if you feel you simply need a bit more support at this time of year. Meisel NP Psychiatry offers comprehensive mental health services, including services for depression and anxiety, virtually in New York State as well as New Jersey and Connecticut. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help when needed!
The holidays are a time for celebration with family and friends but they can also be overwhelming at times due to increased stress levels from all the activities associated with them. Remember that there is support available. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health—so make sure you do what is necessary to keep both in balance.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
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Disclaimer: The information contained here was not written by a medical doctor and is intended for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for medical advice.
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