Self-Care During The Holidays
Holidays, that time of year where joy, love, and happiness sets in. Although, on the opposite side of things, it can get busy, emotionally draining, and mentally exhausting. It is so easy to get caught up doing everything for others that you might find putting yourself on the backburner. Sometimes, holidays can be a hard reminder of the loss of a loved one. Regardless of what stressor it may be, practicing self-care and being mindful of what you can and cannot handle is vital to mental health.
Here are a few tips to practice self-care during the holidays:
*Know and respect your limits. The holidays are often accompanied by a long list of obligations, errands and events
*Set reasonable expectations
*Avoid known triggers
*Decorate for comfort
*Make healthy choices
*Get enough rest
*Recite affirmations, this is a good way to keep yourself centered
***And always be kind to yourself!
Happy Holidays and may you spend them with the ones you love most!
Helping Through the Holidays
The holidays can be triggering for many individuals. A time that can bring joy and laughter to some may bring tears and sadness to others. The holidays can be triggering for some individuals. How can we help our clients during these times:
1. Help your clients make a plan for the holidays. Identify possible triggers or stressors, coping/adaptive skills, and individuals they can reach out to when feeling triggered.
2. Have your clients identify a "roadmap" of at least 3 things they can look forward to during the upcoming month (these can be small things). Be willing to be creative with identifying these.
3. Teach clients how to set boundaries with unhealthy family members or friends. Teach them how to say "no" to prevent feeling overwhelmed or burnt out.
4. Normalize that it is okay to not always feel happy and excited about the holidays.
Helping connect clients with supports in an important part of preparing for the holidays. Some resources include:
Don't forget to take care of yourself and utilize self care techniques!
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