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Mind Your Mental Health During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for family and fun, but stress and depression often crash the party. The mental health experts at the Mayo Clinic offer 10 tips. 

1. Acknowledge your feelings.

It’s normal to grieve for lost love ones, especially this time of year.

2. Reach out.

Attend a community event, meet a friend, or volunteer your time to help others.

3. Be realistic.

As families change, so do traditions. If adult children won’t be coming home, exchange gifts during a video chat.

4. Set aside differences.

Any grievances can be dealt with after the holidays.

5. Stick to a budget.

Decide how much you can spend on food and gifts before you go shopping.

6. Plan ahead.

Schedule specific days for shopping, baking, and other activities. Recruit people to help where you need them.

7. Learn to say no.

A calendar that’s too full can be overwhelming. Don’t overbook yourself.

8. Don’t abandon healthy habits.

Have a healthy snack before holiday parties, get plenty of sleep, and keep up with your workouts.

9. Take a breather. 

Make time to unwind, even if it’s just 15 minutes a day to read or to take a walk.

10. Seek professional help.

If sadness, anxiety, or hopelessness persist, see your doctor.

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