10 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

  1. Avoid the Comparison Trap  

The holidays are a time when our social media timelines are filled with photos of joy and gatherings. This can bring out feelings of “FOMO” or inadequacy. Remembering to not compare your personal journey to the online lives of others can help keep your mind balanced during the holiday season.  

  1. Invite Gratitude In 

In mindfulness-based stress reduction, one technique that is used to keep negative feelings at bay is practicing gratitude. One way to do this is to make a list of 5 things you are most grateful for and reflect on them.  

  1. Celebrate your Wins  

Nothing is “too small” to celebrate. During this past year, we have all been feeling the effects of the pandemic. If you have made it this far, give yourself some credit! 

  1. Don’t be Afraid to Decline 

At times, we overextend ourselves to keep the peace. This holiday season if you find yourself feeling strung out, don’t be afraid to say no to plans or activities that will not contribute to your wellbeing. Only you know what is best for you at any given moment.  

  1. Recognize your Strength  

The holidays are often a time of mixed feelings for those who are navigating complicated personal relationships. In a season of cheer, it may be difficult to maintain clear boundaries. In these moments, recognize your strength and trust your progress thus far.  

  1. Reach out for Support  

If you are feeling the weight of the holidays, don’t hesitate to reach out for support. If you have been working with a mental health professional, let them know how you have been feeling during this time. Speaking to those you trust can help you feel supported.  

  1. Self-care is the Best Care 

Oftentimes, the holiday season can bring a lot of stress and commitments. Focusing on self-care can make all the difference in feeling your best. Carve out the time to de-stress to stay balanced.   

  1. Take Breaks  

With the holiday season, a lot goes into planning and executing. If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, taking breaks can help you feel grounded and less scattered overall.  

  1. Cultivate Optimism  

New year’s resolutions can be encouraging or overwhelming depending on how you look at them. Setting realistic goals and a roadmap to get there can help you feel more optimistic about the future.  

  1.  Be Patient with Yourself   

Many times, we place the highest and most unrealistic expectations on ourselves. Learning to let go of that inner critic and to instead nurture and affirm all your accomplishments can help bring satisfaction in everyday life.