Ho, Ho, Holidays!

This Christmas is coming up faster than ever it seems and it feels like I can’t keep up with the swirling frenetic energy. Too many options. So many expectations. Such an incredible opportunity to make so many smiles appear, and I do so love being a part of that.

Here are 5 tips for managing your holidays:

  1. Self-care: I know this comes up a lot these days but it is critical to maintaining stability for those of us with mental illness. Take hot showers. Go for walks. Get creative. Read. Rest. Whatever works for you just making time for you is key.
  2. Isolate: Sometimes this is necessary when the world around you becomes too “people-y” out there and you just need quiet space. It’s okay to retreat for a bit just try not to camp out there.
  3. Opposite action: This is a skill I learned through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which taught me to catch myself whenever I feel myself pulling away from something and force myself to do it anyway. Example, this morning I don’t feel like showering, but I will do opposite action and do it anyway. Same with leaving the house. Stuff like that.
  4. Journal: I know EVERYONE says to do it but for me it is a kind of meditation and we all know how important mindfulness is these days, right? I literally do either stream of consciousness or bullet points but it’s helpful.
  5. Have fun! Holiday season can be fun, after all. You’re still here. You’re alive. Act like it. See the lights. Take the drive. Eat the ice cream followed by the very hot cocoa. Go sledding. Do ALL. THE. THINGS.

I am by no means perfect and will undoubtedly have my breakdowns around how I “think the holiday should look” and how it actually does (that’s my weakness) but I do have a tool kit and I’m glad to have been able to share it with you today.

How do you manage your holidays?

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