Coping with the Holidays

Here are some tips to help you manage your stress during the holidays and feel better.

  • Sometimes the simplest things can feel great. Warm yourself up with a cup of tea or hot chocolate.

  • Do something nice for someone else. It can make them happy and you!

  • Put on your favourite holiday music and decorate your house. Twinkling lights can make everything look magical!

  • If you’ve been keeping to yourself lately, now is a great time to reconnect w friends & family. It can be scary, but very rewarding

  • Try to make presents instead of buying - saves money & makes gifts more personal.

  • Get outside! Winter weather may not be appealing, but a walk, some fresh air, or a winter sport can all help to boost your mood.

  • Don't delay getting help for mental illness just b/c it's the holiday season. Your mental health comes first!

  • Recovery from mental illness is possible with a strong support system. Reach out to friends, fam & doctor over the holidays.

  • Stick to a healthy sleep schedule even over the holidays. Healthy sleep habits are vital for mental health & overall wellness.

  • Being stuck indoors doesn't have to be a drag. Make a gingerbread house, watch festive movies, or get crafty!

  • Go for a walk with a friend at night (if safe). Enjoy the cold crisp air, the moonlight and stars, plus all the Christmas lights!

  • Don't be discouraged if you don't get support from 1st person you ask for help. There is someone who will help. Keep reaching out.

  • Have you tried adult colouring books yet? They are great for mental wellness ! Try it this holiday season.

  • Many holidays include eating rich foods. A balanced & nutritious intake can have a big impact on your mental health.

  • Don't forget to meditate. A daily meditation practice can have significant improvements on mental health.

  • If you’re alone for the holidays, volunteer at a local shelter or hospital. You can brighten someone’s day who may also be alone.

  • Try to still make time for physical activity over the holidays. It can have a surprising impact on mental & emotional wellness.

  • Stressed about presents? Try giving or making a card with a thoughtful message of gratitude instead!

  • Instead of watching your usual holiday movies try a new (or old) one, like a classic or even black & white.

  • Enjoy a day of baking with friends, family, or enjoy this yummy activity alone! Find recipes on Pinterest to get inspired.

  • Is there's something you want to do but never seem to have time for? Schedule it over the holidays & make it happen!

  • Let loved ones know if you plan on being alone for the holidays & have a safety plan in case a crisis hits.

  • Although it may be tempting, avoid alcohol if there is a risk when mixing with your medications. It's not worth it.

  • Board games can be a fun & a relaxing distraction, this holiday, from tough & challenging mental health issues.

  • Dealing with loss during holidays can be tough. Honour loved ones with gratitude for beautiful memories. Share your experience with others.

  • Avoid shopping & busy malls this boxing day if you're anxious or claustrophobic. Sales are not important, your mental health is important.

  • Use time off over the holidays to get uncluttered & organized! Get it done by Jan 1st for a fresh start in the new year.

  • Love social media? Spend time today ONLY on positive, kind and loving posts that remind you the world is indeed a beautiful place.

  • Tis the season for a fresh start & new beginnings Forgive yourself for past mistakes or shortcomings. Breathe & let it go...

  • Acknowledge or celebrate your achievements of the year. Write down your strengths & let yourself feel proud. 

  • Make a commitment to yourself to make your mental and emotional healthy a priority in 2017. You deserve to feel happy & healthy!