“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”- Andy Williams
It’s no secret that this time of year can be hard on some people. Whether you’re dealing with struggling to finish out your classes on a good note or you’re feeling melancholy about everyone else’s holiday cheer or your family has got you down, it’s important to know that hard times don’t last long. That being said, it’s important to put yourself first, mentally and physically.
Here are a few tips to help you stay sane while we get through the holiday season.
1. Take a mental health shopping day.
Everyone needs a break sometimes. This is where your absences from school and work come in handy. If you’re a bit stressed and know you can afford to miss a day, do it. Listen to your body. One day of recharging may be what you need. Go ahead and sleep in, eat some comfort food and snuggle up under the covers while you binge watch that series on Netflix you’ve been putting off. Don’t forget to check in with a friend or family member so that they know you’re okay.
2. Log off.
It’s been said that comparison is the thief of joy. Scrolling through social media and seeing what everyone else is doing and what they have going on is a great way to stay in touch but it can also bring on feelings of inadequacy. It’s good to just detach from social media every now and again. Remember there’s an entire world past the screen of your cell phone and not everything is what it seems.
3. Treat yourself.
If you’re picking up gifts for the family this holiday season, (even if you’re not) don’t forget to treat yourself to something! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are coming up so take advantage. If you’re willing to deal with the crowds, go with a friend or two but be safe and don’t even think about fighting for that last television on sale. You’re too cute for that. If that isn’t your speed, scroll through your local beauty deals on Groupon (because we love a deal) and snag a massage or facial for yourself. You’ll feel a lot more confident about taking on that 10 page final paper after you’ve pampered yourself.
4. Set boundaries.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and that usually means family dinners. I know, they’re annoying and dodging questions are irritating. The anxiety induces if you don’t have the best relationship with your family. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries. Don’t want to talk about it? Don’t, you’re grown. Does staying at family dinner all day get you more anxious? Pre-plan an early escape and grab your favorite cousins for that good ol’ “store trip”. Or, if you can’t get away, make sure to take breaks to breathe and relax. Sneaking off when things get too overwhelming can be a great distraction.
5. Find your happy place.
Use the holidays as a time to count your blessings. I know that there are times when things seem bleak and too much; which makes it hard to find the good in anything. But, keep in mind that hard times never last. You’re strong, amazing and can handle anything this life throws at you. How can anyone say that isn’t #badass?