Taking time for mental health and wellness can help make the holidays happier

It’s the most wonderful time of the year but can also be the most overwhelming. Do you find yourself feeling anxious or stressed over the holiday season? You’re not alone. The added pressure to find the perfect gift, the anxiety of crowded shopping malls, extra spending, and over indulgence on holiday treats can make you feel anything but calm and bright.

To avoid a holiday burnout, try setting some boundaries and prioritize self-care:

  • If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of holiday gatherings, it’s ok to RSVP “NO.” According to Mental Health America (MHA), pushing yourself too hard to participate in events can make trigger symptoms of social anxiety. MHA has five things to do when the holidays aren’t exactly uplifting.

  • Have guests in town? Take advantage of the Florida sunshine by planning outdoor activities. There are plenty of ways to entertain out-of-towners in Hillsborough County.

  • If you’re stressed about the extra spending, Hillsborough County Extension Service can help you balance your budget with several no-cost resources and personal finance advice.

  • Enjoy the sweets and treats without overdoing it. According to Mental Health America, having a balanced diet can boost energy, lower the risk of developing certain diseases, counteract the impacts of stress on your body, and more.

  • Ask for help. You don’t have to feel alone over the holidays. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), says extra stress, unrealistic expectations, or even sentimental memories that accompany the season can trigger what’s known “the holiday blues.” Some can be at risk for feelings of loneliness, sadness, fatigue, tension, and a sense of loss. There are free mental health resources available all over Hillsborough County.

Mindful Mondays promotes different ways you can make your mental health a priority but not take up too much of your busy schedule. From chair yoga virtual classes to tips on how to decompress after a long day, Hillsborough County's Mindful Mondays has  various interactive resources  for you to access no matter what day or time it is.

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