Coping with the Winter and Holidays

The winter and holidays can be a difficult time, these tips will be all about little things to help you get through!

  • It's easy to feel restless when you're indoors for too long. The cold may not be appealing, but bundling up and going out in the fresh air can provide a great boost.

  • Alone over the holidays? Take a day to put on your favourite holiday music and decorate your living space. Twinkle lights can be magical!

  • Volunteering can be a great source of comfort, purpose & connection over the holidays. Find out more at volunteer.ca.

  • Do you ever feel "blah" or have no motivation in the winter? This blog has tips to beat the blahs!

  • Sleeping habits can get off track while on holidays, especially if you're on your own. Try to keep to your regular sleep routine.

  • The holiday season can get busy fast. Don't take on too much! If you're finding your calendar filling up, make a list of your get-togethers or commitments and prioritize them. See if there's some that may be more flexible.

  • Send a friend or family member a holiday card in the mail. Receiving snail mail can brighten someone's day!

  • Recovery from mental illness is very possible with a strong support system. Be sure to reach out to friends, family & your doctor over the holidays when needed.

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

  • Know that it's okay not to be cheery during the holidays, it doesn't mean you're ungrateful! Check out this blog for validation when the holidays aren't so happy.

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

  • Dealing with loss during holidays can be tough. Honour loved ones with gratitude for beautiful memories, but remember it's okay to take time to be sad too!

  • Music has been proven to help people relax and boost their moods, what's your favourite holiday song?

  • Spend some alone time writing letters to people in your life. Actual HANDWRITTEN ones. Guaranteed to make them feel warm and fuzzy inside!

  • Many holidays include eating rich foods, try to find some balance by making sure you're still getting some nutritious intake - not getting enough proper nutrition can have a big impact on your mental health.

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

  • Make someone a batch of Christmas cookies and drop it off at their door, "just because".

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

  • The holiday break can be boring, take some time to try out new hobbies

  • Surviving the holidays can be an accurate description for some of us. Check out this article with some helpful ideas to get through it!

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

  • Don't be too hard on yourself if your baking project doesn't look as planned! Share some laughter with these funny Pinterest Fails!

  • It's easy to get caught up in the "busyness" of the holiday season, don't forget to take time to unwind and get some rest!

  • Today might be tough or it may be great! Whatever the case, know that your feelings matter and you deserve to be in spaces with people who make you feel loved and enough.

  • Avoid shopping and busy malls this boxing day if you're anxious or claustrophobic. The sales will be on all week!

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

  • Clean out your closet and donate some clothing. Get rid of anything you haven't worn in a few years.

  • Grab your phone/camera or some magazines and create a photo collage of things that you love, goals that you have, quotes that motivate you.

  • Make a commitment to yourself to make your mental and emotional health a priority in 2018. You deserve to feel happy and healthy!

  • Happy New Year!! If you are going out tonight make plans ahead of time for a safe ride and a safe place to sleep.