The holidays have arrived, which means you’re most likely busy shopping, baking, wrapping gifts, and attending one holiday party after another. As much as you try to enjoy this time of year, it’s common to feel exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed. In today’s post, we will provide you with a few tips that you can use to help you get through the holidays with your sanity intact.

At Long Island Counseling, we know that the holidays can be stressful and that most people don’t take the time to make mental wellness a priority. If you are interested in improving your mental wellness at any point, then we have the individual counseling services you need to live a happier life. Explore the resources we have available on our website, and give us a call today!

Focus on One Thing at a Time

It’s no secret that the holidays are busy. Between shopping for the perfect gifts to baking for guests and parties, your to-do list is most likely overflowing with priority tasks. You may think that trying to get more than one thing done at once is the right way to cross every item off your list, but it can leave you feeling exhausted and too worn out to actually enjoy the holidays. Instead, do your best to focus on one thing at a time. This will help you enjoy the experience instead of wearing yourself out trying to get everything done.

Give Yourself a Break

Even if you’re doing your best to focus on one task at a time, you may still feel yourself starting to get tired. If that happens, don’t just ignore it and push yourself harder. Instead, allow yourself to take a break when you really need it. Pushing yourself to finish a task can leave you feeling even more exhausted and stressed than you did before. However, if you allow yourself to take a break, then you will be able to start again with a clear head and renewed energy.

Set Reasonable Expectations

Try as you might, the holidays never go exactly as planned. You may prepare your home for a certain number of guests only to have some of them cancel at the last minute, or you might plan a beautiful meal but forget to take the meat out of the freezer. Things happen, and instead of worrying about everything that goes wrong, it’s best to set reasonable expectations from the very beginning.

Say No

This time of year, it seems like everyone is having some type of gathering, and in a perfect world, you would be able to attend them all. Unfortunately, you can’t be in two places at once, and circumstances change, so you will likely have to miss one event or another.

This year, tell yourself it’s okay to say no or stay home, especially if it’s what your mind and your body really need. If you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all day or shopping until you drop, don’t make yourself dress up and go to yet another party. Allow yourself to say no, and only make time for the events that you really want to attend.

Do the Things You Love

Around the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in making sure that everyone else is happy, whether it be your in-laws, your children, or your friends. When you spend so much time worrying about everyone else, it can eat up all of your time, including the moments that you should use for yourself. While it’s important to give back to others and ensure that they are having a good time, it’s also important to make sure that you have a chance to do the things you look forward to all year long.

Give Your Mental Wellness a Boost

The holidays can take a huge toll on your mental illness, despite your best efforts. If you’re in need of a boost, support, or resources to help you cope with holiday stress, then Long Island Counseling is here to help. We offer individual counseling services as well as couple’s counseling for all those who need it. Explore our services and resources, and give us a call to request an appointment.

Happy Holidays!

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