Wellness Wednesday: Tips for Healthy Boundaries During the Holidays
With the holidays around the corner, many people are already beginning to feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor and business development representative with Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, offers some tips and tricks for overcoming stress during the holidays.
1. Your mental health always comes first.
You may be feeling pressure to buy gifts and follow deadlines, and that can become stressful. Commercials often force us to get into the rat race of feeling like we have to buy and prove our love. This is unhealthy, and causes division.
2. Allow yourself to accept or decline invitations and decide what’s best for you.
Be honest with yourself about your energy level. We feel like we have to be everywhere constantly and attend parties. Take time to enjoy the holiday and take each day as it comes.
3. Take the time to grieve.
There can be a lot of memories associated with Christmas, and some of them may not be good. It can be a painful time based on your life experiences. Be aware of your emotions and take the time to grieve if something is hurting you.
4. Celebrate in ways that are meaningful to you.
If you feel like you’re just going through the motions, take the time to create a meaningful tradition with your loved ones. The holidays are about being present and how you’ve celebrated with people.
5. Prioritize time for yourself.
Whether it’s a 30 minute walk, decompressing in your car or buying a coffee, take time for yourself. This will always help improve your mental health and prepare for the next task at hand.
We hope that these tips will you prepare for a healthy and happy holiday season.