The holiday season is often described as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many it can also be the most stressful and challenging. According to one study, 38% of people say the holidays cause increased stress, depression and anxiety.
From family gatherings to financial pressures, the holiday season can take a toll on your mental health. To support you on your journey of mental wellbeing, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) created a free toolkit with tips to help you navigate the holidays and prioritize your mental wellbeing.
Understanding Holiday Stress
Setting Realistic Expectations
Managing Time and Finances
Focusing on Physical Health and Nutrition
Coping With Loneliness and Grief
Embracing Joy and Gratitude
The holidays can be a wonderful time to create lasting memories, but it’s essential to prioritize your mental wellbeing. By understanding and managing holiday-related stress, setting realistic expectations, practicing self-care, planning ahead, nurturing your physical health and seeking support when needed, you can enjoy a healthier and happier holiday season.
Guttman, J. (2022, November 16). How self-care will make your holidays feel better. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sustainable-life-satisfaction/202211/how-self-care-will-make-your-holidays-feel-better