How to Deal With Holiday Overwhelm

by Michelle Rincon, Clinical Mental Health Therapist

 

Holidays can be a difficult time of year for some of us. Whether it be our schedules that are jam-packed, crowded shopping malls, or familial/relational conflict, the holidays can be triggering for those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression. One tip I share with my clients, that I believe to be foundational in all healing, is to take care of our most basic needs. Simply put, to be good to ourselves. This may look like taking a shower, cooking ourselves a hearty meal, laying down for a nap, or talking to someone. These things, while they appear easy, are critical in setting the tone for our mental health. For example, there’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a cleaning job (especially one we have put off). In addition, to organize our physical space is to declutter our mental space. Our bedrooms and/or dens ought to be a safe haven; an environment where we can rest, refocus and feel at home. Even showering, for example, can be mentally taxing for someone with depression. So then, we shower with intentionality (a meditative technique)– “washing away the stress, the uneasiness, the bleh feeling.” Lastly, it is important that we fulfill our need for connection. And we can do this via simple conversation with a friend, loved one, or colleague. While not all of us have families to celebrate the holidays with, human interaction is still vital and possible with the people in our larger support systems.

 

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