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Happy Holidays?

Although we think of the holidays as a happy and joyous time full of over indulgence, for some it can be stressful, lonely, isolating, and can even bring up other feelings of grief and sadness. Things might be great one day and then triggering the next after a discussion at a family get together, or with friends at a party, or for no apparent reason at all.

It’s important to honour those feelings and remind yourself that it’s ok to not be ok right now.

Here are some tips to make your life a little bit easier over the holidays:

Look for things you can control

We definitely can’t control others but we can control how we react to things. If you need to step away from a situation or spend the day in bed for your mental health - do it. Do something that makes you happy.

Look at your to-do list and simplify

We all have trouble asking for help, but is there a relative or friend that could pick that item up for you at the shops on the way over? Or could they take on some of what you’ve got on your plate to lessen the load? You are not a burden to your loved ones for asking for help.

Don’t spend over your budget because you think you should

If you’re like a lot of people in our industry and didn’t work a lot this year, you’re probably finding it hard to stretch your money right now. Can you make gifts instead of buying them? Get creative, people love receiving baked goods and home made ornaments as presents.

Understand your limits

When you say “no” to someone or something, you’re actually saying “yes” to yourself. It’s not selfish or rude to know your boundaries to protect yourself.

Move your body

Don’t stop working out because it’s holiday time. Physical exercise is self-care, even if it’s just a walk outside. Healthy body = healthy mind.

Be ok with taking a break

Take a break! Really truly do it. You deserve it.

If you need more adequate supports during this time, please reach out for professional help.

You can find some helpful resources for where to reach out by checking out our resources page. Our Memberships also provide immediate virtual access to mental health professionals.


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