The holiday season is officially here! Many will be celebrating the most wonderful time of the year by spending it with family and friends. Along with all the joys and traditions we can expect to experience, it can also be a time that may cause stress. Whether it’s from overspending, overcommitting to plans, or perhaps a family member’s sickness – there’s plenty of circumstances that can contribute to a mixture of emotions.Regardless of the challenges you may face, it’s important to still find ways to cherish this time.

  1. Be intentional when planning your holiday schedule without overbooking. Get clear on what holiday gatherings are noncancelable to you and which ones are negotiable. We owe it to ourselves to block out some free time to enjoy.
  • Maintain healthy habits. The holidays are commonly a time for overindulgence, but it doesn’t have to be. Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy snack before a holiday meal may help to avoid overdoing it on desserts. It’s all about balance!
  • Give without expecting anything in return. Giving with your heart doesn’t always mean gift-giving. It can also mean giving with your time or simply a hug to someone who truly needs it. Volunteering at your local shelter or even smiling at a stranger can make a huge difference.

There’s a countless number of ways to maintain strong mental health this season. Let’s end this year on a good note! Happy Holidays.