Taking Care Of Your Emotional State During The Holidays

Even though we all generally tend to look forward to the holiday season and the joy it’s meant to bring, it can’t be denied that the season is often full of stressors and triggers that can be harmful for a person’s emotional state. Something we all know yet rarely concede is that many times, we may feel more stressed than at ease during the final months of the year for many different—yet equally challenging—reasons.

If this sounds familiar to you, you should begin to focus on strengthening your emotional state now, so you are better able to handle the holiday season as it rushes in. 

Take a Moment

First of all, don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to make some time for yourself during this stressful time. Many of us could stand to have at least an hour or two per day for solitary reflection and quiet time to recharge our batteries. There are certainly many chores that need to be taken care of, and many friends and loved ones who may ask for help on certain tasks, but you shouldn’t burn yourself out by trying to help out everyone but yourself. Saying no can feel difficult, but remember that taking care of yourself is a key way to help you take care of others. 

Many of us are no strangers to the temptations of overindulging in food during this time of year, and the high amounts of stress we feel can cause us to eat way more than we need to as a way to cope with the emotions. It’s best to start practicing mindfulness while you eat. Allow yourself to really focus on the taste and texture of the food you eat, and allow yourself to take your time talking with loved ones as you do so. 

If money is a bit tight this year, you may understandably be stressing out about the gift-giving process. Try and get creative by making gifts that truly come from the heart: knit a cozy scarf, build a small birdhouse, burn a mix CD with songs you think they’ll enjoy … the list goes on. Get creative and have fun, and chances are the giftee will really appreciate the effort you put in. 

By employing at least a few of these helpful tactics, you can be assured that the next time you say, “Happy holidays!” you’ll actually mean it. 

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