Keeping Mental Health in Check This Season
By Genevieve Cunningham
Good mental health is a key component of a happy and high-quality life. We need our mental health to be stable so that we can handle the emotions, frustrations, and difficulties of life. We also need good mental health so that we can be confident and self-assured in ourselves. But keeping your mental health in good condition can be difficult -- especially at certain times of the year. Right now, before the hustle and bustle of the holidays is in full swing, is a good time to take a close look at your mental health and make adjustments where necessary. If you're interested in solid mental health through the season (and a better life, too!), take a look at these tips to help you get started.
Start Preparing Now
Mental health declines when we overwhelm ourselves. And becoming overwhelmed during the holidays is all too easy to do. While you may not be able to avoid all busyness and feelings of being overwhelmed, you can certainly do your part by getting prepared. Don't wait until the last minute to buy gifts, make travel preparations, or get your house ready for visitors. Start now! The earlier you begin, the less stress you'll experience, and the more mentally well you'll feel.
Be Ready to Say No
During the holiday season, we often feel the need to say yes to everything. We know it's the time for family and compassion and kind gestures. We often feel pressure to conform. But if you want to feel mentally well, be prepared to say no when it's necessary. You should definitely see your loved ones and join in on the fun, but don't do anything at the expense of your wellness. If you're too busy for an activity, say so! If you need a little space for a night, say it! Do what's necessary to stay strong and charged so that you can enjoy the time you have with those you love.
Don't Skimp on Care
Yes, the holidays are often expensive. But don't allow this to derail your own personal self-care plans. If you need to continue therapy sessions, don't break into the money required for this. If you need a day off, make sure you've scheduled it into your budget. It doesn't matter what kind of gifts you buy if you're mentally unwell. Your family -- guaranteed -- would rather see you happy and healthy anyway.
It might feel like a chore to protect mental health through the holidays, but it's definitely possible. Make a plan of action, get prepared, and stick to your goals. With some focus on your own well-being, you can make it through the holidays mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy for a great start to a brand new year.
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