Tips for Avoiding Holiday Stress

While the holidays can be a time of cheer and gladness for many, the intense emotions and memories of the season can be hard for a lot of people. While OneEighty’s mental health services can help if you have trouble with this time of year, a few basic coping strategies will also prove beneficial.

Hydration and Exercise

Taking care of your body will have a direct impact on your mood. Drinking water or an herbal tea will keep your body hydrated, which nourishes the brain and keeps you in a good mood. This time of year also offers unique exercise opportunities, like ice skating or skiing. Even if these outdoor activities aren’t available, any form of exercise will release mood-boosting endorphins.

Spend Time With Loved Ones

Many people struggle with feelings of loneliness during the holidays. Even if you don’t have family who lives nearby, look for opportunities for social interaction with friends or neighbors. Anything that diminishes feelings of loneliness and isolation is worthwhile. You can also connect over Zoom or a phone call.

Pamper Yourself Without Overindulging

Sometimes, treating yourself is needed to feel better. Whether you’re taking a warm bath or getting a massage, a little pampering can alleviate stress and help you feel calm and happy. However, be careful not to overindulge with alcohol or unhealthy foods. The negative physical health outcomes of overindulging can also harm your mental health.

The holidays can be stressful or lonely — but they don’t have to be. By taking care of yourself and seeking mental health services when necessary, you too can experience a happy and joyful holiday season.