Last minute Christmas shopping can be draining and depressing with added pressure of all the year-end happenings can exhaust you, but with these healthy tips anxiety can be defeated.
The long to-do lists and busy schedules of the holidays are sources of anxiety and depression for some people.
Here are a few ideas to help you stay mentally healthy:
- Recognise and deal with your feelings. If you've recently gone through a loss, allow yourself to feel sad. Cry, talk about your feelings and don't force yourself to be happier.
- Seek support from friends, loved ones and community resources. Or seek professional help.
Volunteering may help boost your mood.
- Be realistic in your expectations for the holidays, and be open to changes.
- Be accepting of loved ones, and set aside any differences until after the holidays. Recognise that others also may be struggling with holiday depression.
As much as possible, plan ahead for activities and chores. Don't be afraid to say no! And remember to take time for yourself.
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