Coping with Holiday Stress
No matter how you spend the holidays, they can be full of emotions. For many people the holidays are a hard time. Whether you are cooking, cleaning, shopping, entertaining or feeling alone it can feel overwhelming. Due to COVID-19 many traditions and practices are looking different. Feelings of isolation, loneliness, stress and/or anxiety may appear due to the change of plans. Although the holidays are looking different this year there are ways to minimize your stress and/or anxieties. Who knows, this year could be the year you start a new holiday tradition! Here are 6 tips to cope with holiday stress in 2020.
- Do What Is Best for Your Household – The holidays can be hard. It’s ok to politely decline invitations to holiday parties. Your safety and peace of mind is important. Spending time with those in your household can bring you closer together. Ideas of quality time with those in your household include holiday activities such as watching holiday movies, baking cookies, making a gingerbread house, decorating your space, and playing in the snow.
- Take Care of Yourself – Holiday self-care is more important than ever. Take care of yourself by staying active, eating your fruits and vegetables, and getting sufficient amounts of sleep. Take time out of your day to do something that makes you happy whether that be listening to your favorite song, cooking your favorite meal, or practicing your hobbies. Be kind to yourself this holiday season. You are resilient. You are doing the best you can.
- Stay Connected – During the holidays sometimes the greatest gift you can give is a listening ear. Phone a friend, or connect with a loved one this holiday season. You can also call a helpline if you need to talk to someone. Talking about what is on your mind can alleviate some of those feelings of stress and/or anxiety around the holidays.
- Plan Ahead – Plan out your days and times for holiday shopping, cooking, and connecting to reduce last minute scrambling. Planning ahead also allows you to be proactive about your safety during COVID-19. For your safety, consider online alternatives to in store shopping.
- Recognize Your Feelings – Although it’s the most wonderful time of the year it is not always that way. Take a minute to acknowledge your feelings. It’s normal to feel lonely or sad during the holidays, especially during COVID-19. It’s ok to take time to express your feelings or even cry. What you are feeling right now is valid. Know that you are not alone.
- Reach out – With all things said, if you find yourself constantly overwhelmed with sadness, stress, and/or anxiety Mental Health Partners is here for you. You can connect to an Outreach Worker by visiting our Outreach Page or you can access care by visiting our access to care page. Mental Health Partners is here for you during the holidays.