The holiday season can be an especially tough season which is why setting yourself up for balance and self-care can help you enjoy the season to the fullest. And remember self-care happens all year long - not just the holidays.
Here are some tips to help you through the holidays:
Set boundaries. Although there are obligations you feel the need to attend because it’s related to work or family, it is okay to say ‘no’ sometimes. The risk to overschedule and be overwhelmed is high in the holidays. Setting boundaries and not over committing is about being mindful of your needs.
Get purposeful exercise. Aim for some exercise that is not related to shopping, organizing and preparing your home. Yes, you can certainly get your walk in while doing those activities, but also take some time to engage in other meaningful exercise routines.
Practice mindfulness. During this time of the year, there are more sounds, sights, smells, and overall busyness than any other time of year. Give yourself space to relax, unwind and connect. Build in times to recharge and connect in your day to day. Perhaps drive your car with the radio turned off. Change the Christmas tree lights to a steady glow, rather than blinking.
Explore new experiences. Check out what is going on in your community. Perhaps lace up your skates and go out with friends, check out the local theatre company’s holiday production, volunteer for agencies that give back to the community.
Pay attention to nutrition. There’s no need to deprive yourself but making good decisions about what you eat can impact your mood. Just as you should eat something before grocery shopping, eat something small before a holiday event so you don’t over eat.
FREE Family Skate Dates in Napanee!
When it comes to looking after our mental health, staying active and connecting with others are some of the most helpful things we can do.
Celebrate the holidays with a free family skate:
- Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Monday, December 23, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Friday, December 27, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Monday, December 30, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Maltby Centre Holiday Schedule
Kids Help Phone Crisis Text Line
Texting is something many of us do to communicate with our friends and family. But sometimes we need to talk to someone else about what we’re going through. With Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone, you can chat with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder for support at any time.
This texting service is completely free and available 24/7/365. You don’t need a data plan, Internet connection or an app to use it. All conversations you have with a volunteer Crisis Responder are confidential. And, you can text from anywhere in Canada.
To start using the texting service, text CONNECT to 686868.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also called SAD, or the Winter Blues, can affect anyone during the winter months. It’s a type of depression that is triggered by the change of the seasons and everything that comes with it. The lack of daylight, colder weather, and the increased amount of time spent indoors can all make a person feel depressed.
Here are seven different ways that you can treat seasonal affective disorder this winter.
1. Exposure to natural sunlight, which can help boost the production of serotonin
2. Eat the right foods and avoid too much caffeine
3. Use essential oils and aromatherapy to energize, relax, and reduce tension and stress for a clearer mind.
4. Get physical. Exercise is a great way to boost endorphin levels, which is an important mood booster!
5. Just like any other mental illness, seasonal affective disorder can have a big impact on your life. Just because it goes away for part of the year doesn’t mean that it’s not a problem. If you’re struggling hard, then consider speaking to a therapist or another health care professional.