7 Ways To Manage Mental Health During The Holiday Season

7 Ways To Manage Mental Health During The Holiday Season
Makeba Giles

Makeba Giles

Content Creator and Curator at MELISASource
Makeba Giles is an Health, Family, and Lifestyle Blogger. She is also a Midwest Mother of four, and the Founder and Creative Director of MELISASource.com. |

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The Holiday season is a joyous one for many. Yet for others, it can be the most difficult time of year. Working to get and keep a handle on saddening or negative emotions can sometimes be an all-out battle—a battle that is sure to be lost without the proper tools in place.

I know this for sure because it is something that I myself go through every year. With my Mother passing during the Holiday season, every year there are thoughts of her and the emotions that arise with missing her presence. Not that my Father has passed away this year, I often reflect on how I wish he was still here, too. Then there is the stress and worry of wanting to ensure that my children have a ‘best Christmas ever’ while staying within our family budget.

All of this can get the best of me and definitely take a toll on my mental health if I’m not prepared or equipped to fight it. Over the years, I have discovered seven fail-proof ways to manage mental health during the Holiday season. They work wonders for me, and if you struggle like I do, these may work for you, too:

 Ways To Manage Mental Health During The Holiday Season 

Music

Music is one of the most powerful forces on the planet for influencing emotions, and Holiday music is some of the best mood-lifting music there is. The best part is that it has evolved over the past few decades. So nowadays you can listen to Holiday music all day without the same old string of usual ‘standards’ playing over and over.

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 Deck The Halls

The worst thing to do during the Holidays is to tell yourself “I don’t feel like decorating” or “I’m not in the Holiday Spirit to decorate.” If you start out feeling like this, decorate anyway. Go browse the stores and purchase some new Holiday-themed items too. Adding Holiday décor to your home both inside and out will keep your spirits lifted throughout the season. Get the decorations up, and they will take it from there!

 

7 Ways To Manage Mental Health During The Holiday Season
I purchased lots of Poinsettias and placed them all around my home. Just seeing them definitely lifts my mood!

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Get out (events)

When a case of the Holiday Blues sets in, it can be easy to go into seclusion and hide away from the rest of the world. However, remember that in these cases, being alone breeds loneliness, and loneliness breeds depression. No matter what it is, be sure to get outdoors away from work and school. Attend a sports game or Holiday charity event. Go tour some Holiday light attractions, or take in a Christmas concert or play. Being in a different environment and around new people will do wonders for your mental health.

 

I took the kids to the opening night of the Holiday Lights attraction here in our town. We had lots of fun and it put me in the Holiday spirit!
I took the kids to the opening night of the Holiday Lights attraction here in our town. We had lots of fun and it put me in the Holiday spirit!

7 Ways To Manage Mental Health During The Holiday SeasonAvoid the news and social media

I know this one may sound undoable, but it you struggle with staying positive during the Holiday season, the news and social media are two things that you want to refrain from as much as possible. Here’s why: let’s say that you’re like me and are missing your deceased parent(s). Or maybe you are having struggles at home with family discord, or short on money this Holiday season. Scrolling through a Facebook feed of everyone else posts others spending time with their parents, photos of other families bonding happily, or showcasing their purchases will only cause you to feel worse about your situation. And we all know that the news now thrives in depressing and negative headlines—reading or watching such ‘stories’ over and over will only worsen your chances of keeping your emotions in proper balance.

 

 

Donate | Volunteer

The old saying goes that it is much better to give than to receive. This is especially true when it comes to keeping a healthy mental state. Making a difference in the lives of others creates a warm and peaceful feeling inside that not much else can compare to. Nothing can put a smile on your face quicker that to know that you are the reason for the smile on someone else’s face.

**To get ideas for Holiday giving and volunteering, check out my Holiday GIVE Guide Here!

Ways To Manage Mental Health During The Holiday Season

Reconnect

One of the lines that I say all of the time is: ‘Get out the screen and on the scene!’ In other words, while online and texting communication is great, take the Holiday season to try to meet up with your friends and family in person instead of just talking on Facebook. Make a date to meet up for dinner, take in the sights of a art exhibit at a museum, or go check out a play. Or just hang out at each other’s house, or take a walk in the park together to enjoy the winter weather. The ‘real’ face time and personal connection would be well worth it.

Ways To Manage Mental Health During The Holiday Season

No Dwell Zone

The most important ways to manage mental health during the Holiday season? Get yourself in the ‘No Dwell Zone.’ This means commit to yourself that for the entire season (and even beyond), you will not make a habit of dwelling in the past, nor will you allow sad or otherwise upsetting memories of past to creep into your mind. Remember, you have the power to control your day. During the Holiday season, think and live for the present day and the days to come – don’t look back.

Ways To Manage Mental Health During The Holiday Season

Managing your mental health during the Holiday season takes work. But with a conscious effort and a dedication to be emotionally peaceful and joyful in the days leading up to the New Year will make the task much easier.

Ways To Manage Mental Health During The Holiday Season

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