Holidays can be infamously stressful and this can significantly reduce our competence to enjoy the season. Additionally, it can be a torturing reminder of loss and aloneness in the sense that we “should” reunite with family members and loved ones and enjoy ourselves.
As many feel that we are emerging from the pandemic, there may be extra lean on this year to make get-togethers for the holiday a little bit more special still with contentions, economic hardship, unresolved interpersonal issues and mental health likely to have not dissipated on their own.
The holidays nevertheless have the capability to make known that putting our mental, emotional, and relationship health and wellness during the holiday season is very important as it can assist in getting through the season easily.
To create a more enjoyable memorable season and be able to relax and be fully present for the season,make your mental wellness a priority.
Here are some ways to take care of your mental wellness this (and every) year:
1) Take time to profoundly reason on what you really want from the holidays. Assess what genuinely matters the most in sense of appreciation, meaning, gratitude,connection and peacefulness.
2) Set differences aside.
3)Plan well. Stick to a budget. Optimize your activities and visits. Schedule time for yourself.
4) Be aware of your boundaries and implement them. To be more prepared you can write them down and rehearse scripts then apply them in kind way when the need arises.
5)Be kind to yourself and everybody and have positive intentions.
6)Be true to yourself and feelings either there of grief, loneliness or dissapointment. Find time to notice and appreciate blessings.
7)Practice relaxation techniques.Examples include deep breathing ,yoga, prayer and meditation.
8)Have realistic expectations.
Make your mental and emotional wellness high on your own gift list, to make this holiday and 2023 deeply unforgettable and delightful.
Happy holidays and a happy 2023!
BY NOELLA OUKO