This time of year work and social calendars kick into high gear. Work becomes busier in anticipation of time off in the coming months, and there are more social events at work and with friends and family to celebrate the season. As a result, stress, anxiety and depression can increase. In anticipation of the professional and social pressure, here are a few ways you can manage your mental health this holiday season:
Get Enough Sleep
Psychology Today reports that research shows sleep deprivation can severely impact your mood. Your physical and mental health will only deteriorate if you do not get enough sleep, so make sure to go to bed early every night to give yourself the best chance of having a good day.
Stick To Your Routine
The National Alliance Of Mental Health recommends sticking to your routine as much as possible, even with the influx of invitations and social events around the holidays.The more you stick to your routine, even if it’s just for one part of your day, the more you will feel in control and the less anxious you will get once things start to disrupt it. So stick to your routine as much as possible, even for one meal, or a couple of hours or half a day if you can, then when
Set A Budget and Stick To It
One of the easiest stressors to eliminate this season is what you spend. Set a budget and stick to it, you don’t need to over extend yourself by giving lots of gifts or expensive gifts. There are plenty of ways to show love and gratitude to loved ones that will not break the bank.
Don’t Rely On Drugs, Alcohol Or Food
It is easy to rationalize taking a pill, pouring yourself a drink or going to the pantry to help relieve the stress and anxiety you feel this time of year, but MentalHealth.gov recommends healthier outlets like exercise, fresh air, meditation, talking to a therapist, spending time with loved ones and making time for yourself to decompress instead of relying on drugs, alcohol or food.