3 Holiday Moments That Are Good for Mental Health
By Genevieve Cunningham
The holidays are meant to be fun. We get to see family and friends that we haven't seen in a while, exchange gifts and food, and spend quality time with people that we love. But let's not kid ourselves either. The holidays can be stressful. In fact many people fear for their own mental health during the holidays. But what if there were actual moments that could improve your mental health? Take a look at these three holiday moments that may actually be good for your mental health and keep you feeling good about yourself and your life.
Meeting With Family
Meeting with family can definitely be stressful. But if you meet with the right family, it can also be incredibly relaxing and comforting. Family accepts you no matter what. They accept your faults, your weaknesses, and they love you for who you are. This feeling of acceptance can be very good for our mental health. Instead of worrying about meeting your family this holiday, go in with the mind frame that you are accepted and loved. By the time you leave, your mental health will likely have seen the boost that it needs at this time of year.
Having a Little Time Off
Almost everyone gets at least a little bit of time off during the holiday season. Even if it's just a day or two, it can really do wonders for your mental health. Our minds really need occasional breaks. If we don't get them, we become overworked and our minds become entirely too stressed. This aspect of the holiday season is definitely one that can boost your mental health and make you feel refreshed by the time work comes calling again.
Taking a Moment for Gratitude
The holidays are a time to be grateful. For much of the year we forget how lucky we are to be in the situations that we are in. While we definitely have hardships, most of us have much to be grateful for as well. Taking a moment during the holidays to remember the things that we're grateful for can improve our mental health as well as our overall perspective on life. Make sure that this is a part of your holiday season this year. You may be surprised at what a little gratitude can do for your feelings and perception through the holidays and beyond.
The holidays are a great time to think about your mental and physical well-being. Luckily, there are some moments that will probably happen during the holidays that can boost your mental health and make you feel complete. Embrace these moments and don't worry about the little details. If you can do this, you will be able to take your improved perspective into the new year and use it as the year passes by.
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