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Updates December 2016
How to Support Recovery and Resiliency
this Holiday Season
The holidays can be a joyous time, however many people experience feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. In a survey conducted by the National Alliance for Mental Illness, 64 percent of people say they are affected by the holiday blues. Although the holiday blues are only temporary, it is important for people affected to take extra care to tend to their overall health and wellness during this time.
For people who have experienced loss or traumatic stress, the holidays may bring up negative feelings. We can support recovery and resiliency through good self-care and positive relationships during the holidays and year-round.
Keep expectations manageable. Try to set realistic goals. Organize time, make a list, and prioritize important activities.
Be realistic about what can be done. Don't put the entire focus on just one day-it's a season of holiday sentiment, and activities can be spread out to lessen stress and increase enjoyment.
Remember the holiday season does not banish feelings of sadness or loneliness. There is room for these feelings to be present, even if the person chooses not to express them.
Do something for someone else. Try volunteering some of your time to help others or reach out to a friend in need of support.
Enjoy activities that are free, such as taking a drive to look at the holiday decorations, walking or hiking, or going to the park with children.
Be aware of excessive drinking. It can increase feelings of stress, loss, or loneliness.
Spend time with supportive and caring people. Reach out and make new friends or connect with someone you haven't heard from in a while.
Save time for yourself! Recharge your batteries by exercising or setting aside quite time for mindfulness, yoga, or meditation.