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3 Ways to Boost Mental Health Before the Holidays

By Genevieve Cunningham

As much as we hate to admit it, the holidays are approaching more quickly than most of us are prepared. While most of us get excited about this time of year, it can also bring with it some serious stress. And this stress often leads to a decline in mental health both during and after the season. If you would like to improve your mental health, take a look at these tips for holiday sanity.

Get Organized

When things are in disarray, it only makes you more stressed. And the holidays are prime time for disorganization. You’re running from place to place, scooping up good deals on the fly, and trying to make sure everything is in order. If you want to protect your mental health, make sure that you’re as organized as possible. This means sitting down and creating and keeping up with a schedule, eliminating procrastination, and saying no to extra tasks until the hustle and bustle of the holidays has passed.

Watch Your Diet and Exercise Habits

Physical and mental health are tightly linked. When one suffers, so too does the other in most situations. If you want to avoid mental health woes during the holidays, make exercise and eating habits a top priority. The more you focus on eating well and moving your body, the easier it will be to keep the blues, anxiety, and other pressing issues at bay.

Schedule Time for Yourself

This is a time of year for friends and family to come together and connect with each other. But you know what? It’s also a good time of year to take a little time for yourself. With all of the rushing and time demands, you’re probably going to need a little downtime to unwind and relax. Go ahead and put this in your schedule. Make sure there is plenty of time for you -- even if you have to hire a babysitter, ask for help from friends, or stay up an extra half hour at night.

Even though it can be completely normal, this is not the time of year that anyone wants to be overly stressed or suffering from mental health strains. Protect yourself with these tips so that you can enjoy the holidays and stay as healthy as possible all at the same time.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orange, Calif.

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