Mental health is an important part of being healthy during the holiday season. Not everyone has a stress free holiday, so keeping your mental health in check is incredibly important.
I don’t have the best time during the holiday season, so Christmas is more hectic and stressful for me than others. Taking care of my mental health is the most important thing to me, especially now.
How do you take care of your mental health during the holiday season? I have a few tips below that I use to get me through it all.
How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During the Holiday Season
Christmas and the winter holidays can be tough on some people. I’m one of them. Even if they’re not tough for you, they can become incredibly stressed out dealing with family you haven’t seen since last Christmas.
I don’t get along well with my family and spending Christmas with them isn’t exactly something I’d do for fun. There are a few things to keep in mind when trying to take care of your mental health during the holiday season.
Keep Boundaries You’ve Set
This is the biggest thing for me. I have set boundaries with family in the past, and it’s been hard trying to keep them, especially with the family member thinking they have the say of when I talk to them.
Going to visit family for the holidays is going to be hard because I want to be able to keep these boundaries set and not break them myself because I feel bad because it’s Christmas.
If you have boundaries you’ve set with family, whatever you do DO NOT BREAK THEM!
The last thing you want to do is break your own boundaries. You set them for a reason. Don’t let people guilt trip you into doing things you don’t want to. This is the most important part of how to take care of your mental health during the holiday season.
If you need a break away from family after a while, do it.
Go for a walk, volunteer to go get something at the store, anything. Find a way to excuse yourself from the festivities and give yourself an out to break away from everything going on.
If I do go to visit family this Christmas I’m going to be renting a hotel room.
I don’t feel comfortable spending the night with someone I’m trying to create boundaries with because they still don’t understand why I’m doing what I’m doing despite sending them a letter and telling them many times.
Giving myself an out at the end of the night to go back to a hotel and break from everything is a great idea. It’s my way to take care of your mental health during the holiday season.
Remember To Take Care of You
Taking care of yourself means giving yourself the proper self care you need to function. Eating enough, keeping hydrated, taking a shower, washing your face, brushing your teeth, giving yourself space, etc.
Sometimes during the holidays we try to diet or try to maintain a face while interacting with family you haven’t seen in a while. Make sure you’re doing your best to take care of yourself.
Taking care of your physical health will definitely give you a boost to your mental health.
I don’t know about you, but I usually feel better after a shower and a good teeth brushing. It makes my mental state feel just a bit better.
Sometimes taking care of your physical health is the best way to take care of your mental health during the holiday season.
Avoid Stressful Conversations
Christmas is a time where family gets together and without fail you’re going to be asked questions that make you feel anxious, awkward, or just plain bad about yourself.
It could be that Aunt Belinda wants to know when you’re getting married, but you’ve been having relationship troubles. It could be your cousin picking on you for some of the weight you’ve gained since they last saw you, or it could be asking why you’re not flourishing in your life like another family member is.
The way to deal with questions like this is to use a technique called grey rocking.
This is a perfect example of what grey rocking is:
Picture a grey rock: Unremarkable, forgettable, and similar to countless others scattered nearby. Even the most enthusiastic collector probably wouldn’t have a lot to say about this rock.
So, if you wanted to escape notice, becoming a grey rock might seem like a good way to go about it. Of course, people can’t actually turn into rocks, but that’s where the idea of grey rocking comes from. [x]
The point is to keep your interactions with them short and sweet, and to the point.
Remember, you don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to.
“I don’t know” is a perfectly good answer to some of these questions.
What are your tips to take care of your mental health during the holiday season? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!
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