Christmas is around the corner, and we have
already got into the most fun demanding and busiest days of this holiday
season. The pressure to live up to the hype of Christmas spirit is enough to
make you sick with stress
Life can be extremely difficult for people
who lead a lonely life. Romantic estrangement and bereavement can make your
holidays dismal. Christmas stress can add to existing mental health issues and
create new psychological burdens. Notably, mental health experts caution that a
person's mental health problems may become heightened over the Christmas and
New Year period.
‘Take time during holidays to have fun, communicate with people and enjoy life to stay away from anxiety and depression that adds stress to your mental health.’
To promote good mental health during this
Christmas holidays, our experts in mental health have put together following
tips that can help you effectively cope with stress and anxiety and build
1. Set Realistic Goals
You should have a plan for this Christmas.
Write down your plan in your diary like how much you
want to spend and what you should do and shouldn't. Also, make sure that things
in your plan are not left to the last minute for implementation.
2. Stay Healthy with a Balanced Diet
It's not easy to avoid the abundance of food
and alcohol during Christmas. Over-indulging on your favorite food can result
in weight gain. Differently from the usual advice of avoiding some food items,
diet experts suggest people can eat whatever they like - but in moderation.
Also, remember to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet
Limit consumption of high-fat and sugary foods. Alcohol can contain lots of hidden
calories. If you want to drink alcohol, do that too with a piece of advice in
your mind that heavy drinking has serious consequences.
3. Be Prepared
This tip is helpful especially for those
suffering from mental illnesses. If you are a patient with a mental illness,
remember to stock up on your medications because the clinics and pharmacies
will change their opening and closing times during the holidays.
Make a note of emergency numbers. If you're
worried that your mental health may be beginning to deteriorate, and you can't
access your regular health services, don't hesitate to visit your local
accident and emergency department.
4. Don't Forget to Exercise
We all know that we should regularly exercise
to maintain mental and physical health. Exercise is a great relaxation method
and it can also help you feel more energized. Fitness experts say that as you
exercise you release endorphins that calm you down and lift your mood. Walking
and cycling are great options.
5. Get Vitamin D from Sunlight
It is believed that this mental illness can
be triggered when you don't get enough vitamin D
We receive most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunlight
. Vitamin D is essential to fight depression. So find
out how to get enough without risking sun damage.
6. Find Time for Yourself
It's alright to be self-centered now and
then. Some of you are probably getting a little confused, but now you can relax
and be a little selfish. Engage in something that you enjoy, no matter how
small, can be a great break from the stress of Christmas.
7. Share the Christmas Load
You might want to arrange everything for your
celebration all alone. If you feel your stress levels rising with your
Christmas tasks, you must consider assigning some of the responsibilities to
your close families members or friends. If you are tired, you can always make
your excuses for a few events.
8. Take Advantage of the Communication
We meet a lot of people including relatives
and friends during Christmas. Talk with them, laugh with them and have tons of
fun. Interacting with others produces oxytocin, which is helpful for your mental and physical well-being.
9. Get Adequate Sleep
Partying all night is fun but it is not good
for your physical and mental well-being. Get adequate and sound sleep of 8
hours every night.
10. Seek Professional Help and Family Help
If you are not well, don't hesitate to ask
help from your family members, relatives or friends. You may take a decision of
suffering alone thinking of spoiling others festive mood. If you continually
feel a stress, depression
, or anxiety, seek help
tips will help you make your holidays brighter without stress, anxiety and
other phycological issues. Now, the bells are ringing! Put up the tree, the
holly and the ivy. God bless and Merry Christmas.