The holiday season is a time for giving and for those of us who tend to prioritize the needs of others over our own, it can become a bit overwhelming. There are an endless number of ways we give of ourselves--our time, attention, energy, money, and patience (just to name a few), which can leave us feeling emotionally and physically depleted. This December, take a few steps to try to have a happier, healthier, and more relaxed holiday season.
Sometimes holidays can bring out the best in us. And sometimes they can highlight the things we are struggling with, which may be a relationship with a friend, family member, or our partner that we wish were stronger. Social relationships can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. They can reduce stress, improve our overall health, and even increase our chances of survival by 50%.
There are certain topics you may think about avoiding with family this Thanksgiving, but mental health shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re feeling ready to talk about it, there are a number of reasons you may want to bring up your diagnosis with your family; to receive emotional or tangible support, to educate them about what it means, or to feel more understood. If you’re comfortable talking about it, nothing should be off-limits. These are all great reasons to want to share, but it’s important to prepare for this conversation.
Veterans are such an important part of our society. They are leaders, committed to protecting and serving our country, and upholding our freedoms. Our acknowledgement of this is important on Veterans Day but should be a priority throughout the year.
The election process can be a stressful one for everyone, and if you find that you are dealing with unwanted anxiety, stress, or depression, even after the election has passed, it might be time to take action. Here are some tips on how to prioritize your mental health moving forward:
As a mental health advocate, and someone who lives with a significant amount of anxiety on a daily basis, inspirational quotes are something I have a love-hate relationship with. On one hand, there are some very supportive quotes, ones where you can tell that the author has an understanding that life is not black and white, especially for those living with a mental health condition. Quotes like these are hopeful, and uplifting, even for those in a dark place. There are an abundance of others, however, that make happiness seem like a choice.