Author: Nicole Passafume
Looking out of the window at the falling snow is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. Then suddenly, I am reminded of all of the things that I have to do: decorate the tree and the inside and outside of my house. Plus, I have a lot of gifts to purchase and groceries to buy for all of our special holiday treats. Suddenly, I’m feeling stressed out and wondering how I’m going to pull all of this off in just a few weeks. I sit down at my computer and search the internet for ways to reduce my stress. In doing this research, I realize quickly that this is not always a happy and joyful time for a lot of people. Many people begin to feel increased feelings of anxiety and depression, or persistent sadness, especially those who already have a mental health condition. This is called the Holiday Blues.
Here are some tips to manage the Holiday Blues.
1. Don’t isolate yourself.
2. Practice self-care.
3. Get enough sleep.
4. Don’t drink alcohol if you are feeling down.
5. Get exercise – even if it’s only taking a short walk.
6. It’s ok to say “no”.
7. Don’t overextend yourself financially.
8. Create a realistic “To-Do” list.
9. Give yourself permission to ask for help if you need it. If you don’t ask, no one will know what you need.
10. Celebrate your way or don’t celebrate at all. You might feel pressure to do certain things but remember the holiday can look whatever way you want it to look.
If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health challenges, professional help is available. Valeo’s Crisis Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for walk-in mental health emergencies. It is located at 400 SW Oakley Avenue. You can also call the Valeo Crisis Line, available 24 hours a day, at 785-234-3300.