Self-Care During the Holidays

By: Breshay Moore, Coordinator, Digital Media

For some people, the holidays are a happy time. For others, it’s an overwhelming time, bringing up a lot of emotions. Financial stress, personal and familial obligations, and balancing work can contribute to the overwhelming dread for some this holiday season. All while others are still facing COVID-19 anxiety for themselves and their loved ones. So this holiday season, the National Health Council (NHC) is sharing some self-care tips to help you have a stress-free holiday.

1. Take some time for yourself

An increase in social activities during the holiday season is common. Your family and friends may expect you to show up to every event. But it’s also important to carve out some time for yourself to do some of the things you enjoy. Remember, your personal time is also essential and necessary to recharge.

2. Get active

 Physical activity helps support a healthy mind and body. It also gets the blood flowing. So, try to find time to take a walk with a friend, or do a 30-minute exercise routine to get your body moving. It’ll help you release some steam too!

3. Meditate

 Our minds can race so much throughout the day, with everything and everyone moving so fast. So, to keep your mind at ease, try doing a 5–or 10-minute meditation session. This will help keep your mind on the present moment and help you take a moment to just breathe.

4. Rest

A good night’s sleep can help you get ready for the day ahead, especially if it’ll be busy with work and family obligations. You may be running around to get last minute gifts for the holidays, but it’s also important to make time to rest. It’s best to get at least 8 hours of sleep to prepare your mind and body for the day.

For additional resources on mental health awareness, these NHC members are dedicated to mental health and wellness.