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Often times during the holiday season, we forget to take care of ourselves.With traveling, hosting, or missing friends and family...it can be the most stressful time of year!
Here are 5 self-care tips to get you through the holidays!
1. Make a Self Care Plan:This means planning time for YOU to make sure you do not feel overwhelmed during the holiday season. If you need to, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to take 10 minutes for yourself. If that means taking a quick walk or going in a room without people or technology to collect your thoughts- DO IT!
2. ASK FOR HELP: There is nothing wrong with asking for help during the holidays. Whether you are hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner, you need help getting away from the family members that always talk about politics, or if you are just feeling down or anxious.. ask for help!
3. Just say 'NO': Sometimes we say yes to everything.. especially during the holiday season! But recognizing what you have on your plate and saying 'NO' to new tasks to keep you at a healthy stress level is so important! Practice this during the holiday season!
4. Give Yourself Permission to Walk Away: It can be overwhelming to be in large groups, even if it is with your loved ones. Give yourself permission to go outside or into an empty room to 'recharge'.
5. Leave the Guilt Behind: With what can seem like an endless amount holiday parties to attend we often put pressure on ourselves to make it to every single one. But, if you are feeling overwhelmed this holiday season and you don't have the capacity to do more than a quick 'hello' that is OKAY! You should never feel guilty for prioritizing your mental wellness.
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Tip 10: Change is a Part of Life
Change often can be scary for children and teens. And even adults too! Help the kids and teens in your life see that change is part of life and new goals can replace goals that have become unattainable. Take opportunities to point out how they have changed as they move up in grade levels and discuss how that change has had a positive impact on them.
This website was developed [in part] under a grant number 1H79SM062907-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.