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‘Tis the Season can mean something else…

For many of us, the holiday season is a time of family togetherness, excited children, and vacation chill time.  For others, this season can be a time of stress and struggle, especially if you are suffering from mood disorders, substance abuse, or other mental health challenges.

The holiday blues can be brought on by:

  • Not being able to be with your family/friends
  • Over-commercialization of the holiday
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Financial and family stresses

To help combat some of these stressors, consider the following:

  • Self-care – Whatever you will need to get through the holidays, some alone time, reading a book, seeing a family member…make those a priority for yourself.
  • Pace yourself –Set achievable goals and include your ‘me time’ as one of them.
  • Curb your high expectations – Perfection is an illusion
  • Avoidance – If certain things are triggers, such as family drama, alcohol, food, spending…make a plan in advance on how you will avoid/limit them.
  • Enjoy special moments – Find new ways to celebrate – an outdoor walk or skate, hot chocolate with neighbours…spread some holiday cheer.