As we know, the holidays are supposed to be a joyous time for all of us.
We look forward to those Christmas cookies, all that turkey we can eat on thanksgiving and ringing in the new year with hopes of health and happiness.
However, for some, the holiday season is the worst time of the year.
Whether it be to a traumatic event, the loss of a loved one, negative experiences, just recently moving to a new area where you have no family and friends, or just your mental health has you down.
I know my anxiety during this time of year will increase. Drastically.
I want to share with you some self care tips to help you get through the holidays.
Take care of yourself during difficult family interactions
I know I struggle with this personally. My family can be a little rough around the edges and say some harsh things.
It’s important to not lash out and to isolate yourself to calm down before returning to that situation.
It’s okay to grieve over the loss of a loved one
It’s okay to be sad. Don’t feel guilty. Take the time to grieve over the loss.
Try to honor their memory to help fill that void.
I know I had a rough time when my grandparents passed away.
Make a list of what you are grateful for
This can help you put things in to perspective of what good you have in your life. It can help boost your spirits.
I do this every year. It does help. Give it a try
Have crisis numbers on hand just Incase
Have your crisis numbers on hand. Crisis workers are willing to talk to you 24/7 for additional support.
If you’re in the US, you can also text 741741 as well. That’s what I do.
Here’s a list of worldwide crisis numbers as well:
Don’t forget to use your coping skills
Find your ways to cope. Do things that you enjoy to do. This doesn’t stop just because it’s the holiday season.
Plan something each day that you know you will enjoy.
Remember to breathe
This is a big one!
Holidays can be so stressful. Make sure you’re not overdoing it and burning out.
You are only one person. Remember that.
Over stressing just causes a lot of additional problems. Make sure you’re getting your rest!
Try coming up with your own traditions
Try to come up with a tradition or two that you would enjoy to make the holiday season more fun and bare able.
Whether it be an advent calendar for yourself, baking your favorite desserts, going on a trip, etc.
I watch A Christmas story every Christmas Eve.
Don’t isolate completely
Reach out to those supports. Whether it be on social media or in person.
Find your supports.
Talking with others does help. You’re never alone.
I hope you will find these self care tips helpful. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for additional support whether it be to me or someone else.