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How to Beat the Holiday Blues

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The holiday season is a time for celebration, at least for some people. Often, the inability to find joy during the holiday season lurks inside some. This mental barrier is also known as the holiday blues. Holiday blues can affect older people, parents whose children live far away, or a single individual who can’t make it home to see their family.

Beating the holiday blues is tough, but not unrealistic. At Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, we take mental health seriously. As negative thoughts seep into our minds, it’s important to give thanks for the beauty around us and the things we do have.

It’s not an easy battle, but through simple steps, you can come out your best this holiday season.

Self-Care

The end of the year and the holiday season can be stressful. At work, budget and deadlines come flying down the tube. At home and with the family, people are rushing to the stores to get food or gifts. There is a lot on the proverbial plates, and if you don’t take time for yourself, the stress can hurt your mental health.

Every day, take 30 minutes for yourself. This could be working on your hobbies, meditation, or working out. No matter what it is, turn work off, put the phone and TV away, and work on you.

Just Breathe

Breathing is just as beneficial to your mental health as self-care. Proper breathing techniques are an excellent way to stabilize your mental health and enjoy the holiday season. It’s a habit you must focus on.

The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, stop, close your eyes, and draw in long, deep breaths. If you have a health app on your phone or a smartwatch, you might have access to a breathing feature. Just focus on your lungs and chest, the in and out of your breath. You can even picture your “happy place” if you’d like.