For Immediate Release - December 20, 2022 - The holidays can be joyous, but they can also be very challenging at times. If you feel yourself getting anxious, sad, disappointed, or overwhelmed during this season, know that you are not alone. Even people who love the holidays experience emotional and mental stress.
Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy and happy this holiday season:
Put Yourself First
Of course, we should always think of others, but no matter what, you need to keep your own health first. It’s easy to let your needs slip with the chaos of the holiday season, but be sure to take care of yourself.
- Set a Budget and Stick to It
Overspending during the holidays can take you months or sometimes years to recover from, and it can cause unbelievable stress. Look at your finances, give yourself a budget and stick to your budget. Your January peace of mind will thank you!
- Be Kind
Always choose kindness! Even if someone is not the nicest to you, show them a little grace. You never know what they might have going on in their life. If you are able, you can also donate to someone in need or volunteer at a local event to help others.
Don't put too much pressure on yourself by setting unrealistic goals. Make a realistic plan for yourself and stick to it.
- Stay Active
Be sure to stay on schedule with your exercise routine. If you begin to feel stressed, take a walk and enjoy some time outdoors.
- But Not Too Active
Let’s face it, the holidays a such a busy time of year. Give your mind and body a chance to take a break from the hustle and bustle and get some rest.
- Practice Moderation
Too much of anything can be a bad idea. Whether you are talking about eating, drinking or shopping, be sure to practice self-control and moderation throughout this season.
Take a Deep Breath
Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath. If stress starts to mount or things aren’t going your way, stop and take a moment for yourself. Take a deep breath and think about the best solution to your situation.
- Keep Your Regular Schedule – Sleeping, Eating and Exercising
It’s easy to get out of your routine with the busyness of the holidays, but it’s important to maintain your normal sleeping, eating and exercise schedule.
- Reach Out if You Need Help
If you find yourself completely overwhelmed this holiday season, please reach out for help. For a list of resources, you can visit our website at: https://thriveway.com/blogs/resources.
ThriveWay is the leading peer-to-peer prevention and support company in the nation, empowering students to be academically, socially, and emotionally successful; to recognize and resolve conflict; to value diversity; and to be advocates for positive change and healthy choices. Through their evidence-based Peer Helpers PLUS program, they partner with schools to promote the mental health of youth, teach peer advocacy, and reduce student violence and suicide.