Tis' The Season to Self-Care

Created by: The Student Assistance Program in Bucks County

Happy Holidays!

The Holiday season is here and so are the busy schedules! As much as we enjoy the magic of giving during this time, let's not forget to take care of ourselves!

If you are feeling overwhelmed this holiday season, remember to practice self-care.


Talk to your children about what events are important to them and think about what is important to you as well. This reduces the stress of having too many obligations and helps everyone make time for the activities and events they love the most.


It is important for parents to make time for peace and quiet throughout the year but especially when everyone is together during the holidays. Taking time to unplug and unwind together can help improve everyone's state of mind.


It may sound silly, but laughter has many positive health benefits. Some of the short-term effects include soothing tension and relieving your stress response. Find reasons to laugh with your kids over the holidays and encourage them to embrace it.


Gratitude is a proven stress reliever. You and your kids should take time to think about what you are grateful for and then discuss with each other. Practicing gratitude not only helps with self-care, but also serves as an important lesson.

Holidays Events Throughout Bucks County

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“The holidays are a time for giving- so give yourself the time and energy to love and care for yourself”. -Dr. Whitney Gordon-Mead

“Loving yourself doesn’t make you selfish. When done correctly, the exact opposite occurs, because you know that selfish behaviors are negative for your mind, body and spirit.” – Donald L. Hicks

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”M. Scott Peck

“The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” –Anonymous

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” –Oprah Winfrey

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” –William Arthur Ward

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The holidays are a great time for everyone to celebrate with their families and friends. However, as it can be a very busy time, we tend to end up feeling stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed. It is important that you invest on self-care during the holidays and focus on your mental, emotional and physical well-being.

The Student Assistance Program Can Be a Big Help!

The Student Assistance Program (SAP for short) can support students by teaching them healthy coping skills to manage stress, practicing self-care, and ways to be resilient not only during the holidays, but all year round!
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What is SAP?

In Pennsylvania, every school must have a Student Assistance Program (SAP). A SAP team is made up of trained professionals like administrators, school counselors, social workers, nurses and teachers, along with a SAP Counselor from an outside agency. The SAP team is here to help identify issues that may be interfering with students being successful in school.

How to Refer a Student to SAP:

If you are concerned for your student and want to see if the Student Assistance Program Team can help, please contact your student's school administrator or school counselor.

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Please check out the video below to learn more about SAP and the SAP process!
Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Helpful Resources in Bucks County

Bucks Human Services Connect-The HUB 1-888-942-8257


The HUB aims to support families in Bucks County by connecting them to helpful resources and supports available in the community.

Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
The Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. offers online resources available in Bucks County and provides information on prevention, treatment, and recovery supports. If you or a loved one is struggling with drugs and alcohol, the BCDAC is here to help!

NAMI Bucks County, PA


NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Lenape Valley Foundation (215)-345-5300


Penn Foundation (215) 257-6551


Penndel Mental Health Center (215) 752-1541


Family Service Association of Bucks County (215)-757-6916

*Contact the number on your insurance card for appropriate provider*