How to Manage Your Mental Health over the Holidays

How to Manage Your Mental Health over the Holidays

If you’re feeling lonely, tired, and just a bit melancholic, you’re not the only one! Around this time of the year, work and social calendars are at an all-time high. You become busier at work and there are more social events at work and with family and friends to celebrate the season. The result? Stress, anxiety, or even worse, depression. 

 

Here are a few ways you can manage your mental health this holiday season:

Get enough sleep

 

According to Psychology Today, going to bed on time is the best way to improve your mood the next day. Also, set aside screens for at least an hour before bed, and it’s important to use your bed only for sleep or relaxing activities.

 

Set a budget for your expenses

 

Setting your budget and sticking to it is the best way to not worry about what you spend. This is a common stressor during the holiday season.

 

Focus on healthy, relaxing activities

 

MentalHealth.gov recommends doing exercise, getting some fresh air, meditating, talking to a therapist, spending time with loved ones, and making time to decompress instead of relying on drugs, alcohol, or food.