It’s the most wonderful time of the year… right? It’s totally normal if you LOVE the holiday season, or have mixed feelings about it, or truly dread this time of year. It’s also completely normal if you feel all these emotions when you think about the holidays. This season can often be a chance to connect with family and friends, celebrate and eat delicious food. However, some people may find the holidays stressful, lonely or isolating, especially during the pandemic.
- Honour your feelings. If you feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, etc., acknowledge the feeling and try to identify the trigger. Be kind to yourself. It’s okay to cry or express your feelings – journaling, having a chat with a supportive friend, or speaking with a health professional are just a few ways to safely process any emotions you may be experiencing.
- Say No. Holidays can be full of hustle and bustle trying to meet everyone’s expectations. It’s okay to say no when you feel over-extended. It may feel uncomfortable, but putting your well-being first is important!
- Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
Focusing on these three simple steps can make the holidays more joyful!
Alicia O’Hara is a Registered Social Worker at the Albert County Community Health Centre.
The Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation raises funds to support the services provided by the Albert County Community Health Centre.