Helping You Have Holiday Cheer
For many, the winter holidays are a time of joyous feelings. Family and friends gather together to celebrate traditions, and people travel from across the world to spend time together. However, the holiday season can also increase feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness for many others. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 64% of people with a mental illness report that the holidays worsen their conditions.
Combating the “holiday blues” is challenging but necessary to ensure you have some holiday cheer this season. Here are some ways to maintain your mental health through the holidays:
Have an Attitude of Gratitude
Showing gratitude is known to improve mental health. Start each day by making a list of things and people you are grateful for. This practice will help you recognize how much greatness surrounds you. People often take little things for granted, but having a gratitude list reminds you that even the little things can make a big difference.
Manage Your Time
It is easy to try and overbook your schedule during the holidays. While there may be a lot of people you want to see and celebrate with, make sure your plans allow for rest time, too. Having allotted times for different activities will make it easier for you to enjoy your time without worrying about squeezing everything in all at once. A set schedule also increases organization and productivity.
Setting boundaries is an important skill when it comes to taking care of your mental health. Boundaries allow you to say no in areas where you may feel uncomfortable while communicating your needs. They also allow you to maintain control of your life by showing yourself the respect you deserve.
Lean on Your Support System
Your support system has a positive effect on your life. Whether your support system is comprised of friends, family, loved ones, peers, coworkers, or neighbors, your support system should be full of people you love and trust. Having a strong support system helps reduce stress and improves your overall mental health. If you are beginning to feel the impact of the holiday blues, lean on your support system to help lift you when you need it most.
You-Based Programs at Decision Point Center
At Decision Point Center we call our programs “you-based” because they are designed with your goals in mind and based on your needs. Our therapies address both physical and mental health to help you live happily and healthily. Our compassionate team will work closely with you to find the most effective treatment option for you.
Contact us online or call our staff at (844) 292-5010 to start your journey to recovery today.