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Being Mindful About Mental Health During Your Holiday

Lifestyle & Fitness • by Paul de Beyer • 10 December 2019
Health and being healthy is something we all talk about regularly. However, when we think about being healthy, we probably all think about diet, exercise and keeping your physical body in good shape. Few of us think about the mind and our mental health.

Mental health, and mental well-being, is something of a taboo subject but one that should have at least as much thought given to it as eating healthy foods. Your mind is your most important and powerful muscle and it should be treated with as much care and attention as any six-pack.

During the festive season, it's not always easy to leave the stress and worry of the work year behind and really engage with your family and friends. Just because you’re on holiday doesn’t mean that stress suddenly stops and all your problems disappear.

If you’re in therapy, don’t take a holiday from it

While you might feel like it could be the perfect time to take a break from therapy, this could actually be the worst thing to do. The holidays, and especially downtime, will leave you with plenty of time to think about the past year where you could potentially dwell on the negative.

Continuing therapy during the festive season could be the best present to yourself, ensuring that you have the time and energy to dedicate to examining the past year and how to improve for the year ahead.

Be mindful at all times

While your own mental health is of the utmost importance, being aware of the happiness of those around you is equally important. Everyone has had a busy year where they’ve all dealt with stress and problems of their own. Being mindful of others during this period will go a long way to not only helping them, but ensuring that your own happiness improves.

Be open to the emotions of others, as well as yourself, and actively engage and listen to those around you.

Put away your smartphone, turn off the TV and really spend time with those you love.
Observing and understanding the things others have been through over the past year will not only help you engage with them better, but could help you make sense of the year and your own emotions.

Soak up some sun and avoid bad habits

We all spend a lot of our time sitting indoors in front of computers in artificial air and light. This can have a serious effect on your general level of happiness and mental health. Getting outdoors and soaking up some sun not only feels good, but the vitamin D your skin gets from the sun will go a long way to improving your mood in general.

Spend some of your downtime working on improving yourself and getting rid of some bad habits that might have crept up during the year.
Start a habit of getting some daily, regular exercise.

Work on a new morning routine to help get you into the right mindset before going back to work.
Old, negative patterns can have a detrimental effect on your mental health. Try to use your time wisely and build up new, good habits. Although good habits can override bad ones, it can take three to four weeks for this to take hold, so don’t give up, stick with it!

Set some realistic goals and expectations for the year to come

Putting the year behind you and relaxing is one thing, but setting yourself up for success for the following year is another one altogether. You might find yourself reflecting on the past year as one of missed opportunities or even look towards the new year with anxiety and stress. It might sound like a cliche, but put some thought into setting goals for the coming year that you know will bring you joy and happiness.

Set a few realistic, attainable goals before the new year starts.

Set your own expectations for the goals, giving you a level of personal attachment to them.
Tell a family member or friend about your goals and ask them to check-in with you over the coming year to help keep you accountable and on-track for the rest of the year.

Wherever or with whomever you end up spending your December holidays, always try to keep your health in mind... both body and mind. Remember, one of the biggest gifts that you could give yourself for the festive season and new year is the gift of peace of mind.

Contact GetSavvi Health about affordable, top-quality medical insurance and give yourself peace of mind for the year to come.

References:
https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2017/Managing-Your-Mental-Health-During-the-Holidays
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/urban-survival/201612/8-mindfulness-tips-during-the-holidays
https://www.psychwellnesscenter.com/blog/the-holidays-are-the-perfect-time-to-practice-mindfullness
https://www.thedailymind.com/mindfulness/using-mindfulness-to-get-through-the-upcoming-holiday-season/
https://medium.com/@Mindful.am/how-to-use-mindfulness-to-fight-holiday-depression-1ba10afd995
https://childmind.org/article/enjoy-the-holidays-more-with-mindfulness/
https://www.mindful.org/take-10-minutes-defuse-holiday-stress-mindfulness-practice/

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