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Staying Sane During The Holidays

Posted by Depression Help | Posted in Holidays | Posted on 02-12-2011

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Staying Sane During The Holidays


The end-of-the-year holiday season is many people’s favorite time of the year. And why not? You get to see many of your family members (possibly some you don’t see at any other time of the year), eat great food, exchange presents . . . it’s a lot of fun. However, it can also be a very stressful time of the year. Even though all of the things that you’re busy with are great things, that doesn’t take away the fact that it’s still a super busy time. A lot of people find themselves overtaxed and in need of a rest during this time of year, but it can be hard to find time. Here are a few time and stress management tips to keep you sane from now until the end of the year.

First, and most importantly, make absolutely sure that you take time for yourself. Spend some time away from your friends and family members doing something that you enjoy. Go for a winter hike, or read a novel, or just watch a movie. Do something relaxing. And make sure that you do this fairly often. During the busiest time of the year, try to do this once a week. I know it’s hard, but you just have to set aside the time to do it—you’ll definitely enjoy the rest of your time much more. Stop worrying just for a couple hours, and when you get back to real life, you’ll be able to accomplish all the things that you’ve been worrying about in the first place.

Second, let others know what you’re doing. Tell your spouse, or your friends, or your kids, that you’re trying to manage your stress and do healthy things for yourself. Not only are they very likely to understand, but you can be pretty confident that they’ll do whatever they can to support you. They might even think it’s a great idea and start doing it for themselves! The more people that take care of themselves during the holidays, the better it will be for everyone.

Third, don’t let yourself get caught up in the rabid consumerism of the season. Sure, you can give gifts, but don’t spend time worrying about whether you should get your spouse an iPad 2, or a Nook, or a Kindle Fire, and remember that the most important part of this season is to spend time with family and friends. And people really agree with that, and will appreciate the fact that you do too. Concentrate on spending time with the people that you love.

By taking the time and putting forth the effort to make it through with your sanity intact, you can not only keep yourself in a good mental state, but you can also be a good influence on your friends and family. The more people that really understand what it takes to have a mentally healthy holiday, the better. So do what you need to do to take care of yourself, and spread the word. Happy Holidays!

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