The festive season can always lead to overindulging in food, alcohol, and sweets. That can have a very taxing effect on your physical and mental health.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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Although Christmas should be fun, many people can find it a bit overwhelming or way too much. The ramifications can have a severe impact on mental well-being and also your physical health.
Mountain Mike’s Adventures is mental well-being and adventure vlogger which philosophy is “challenging lives problems by hiking amazing locations for a healthier mind.” Here are some of his best tips to protect your mental health during this holiday season.
Try to enjoy Christmas as much as possible as you usually do but, at the same time, make a conscious effort to your physical and mental health. One of the biggest things about the Christmas period is that we have many events with loads of friends trying to catch up on your life.
Just remember: you don’t necessarily have to go to all of them, so be selective with your events. If you want to meet with a friend, you can meet them for tea or coffee instead of drinking alcohol.
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Healthy social interactions are crucial as well. Getting outside can clear your mind, and it doesn’t have to be a hike or a walk on the beach or the park. Sometimes, a winter day can be stunning. "You need to get out there and experience it!" recommends Mike. Remember to stay wrap up warm because it will get cold.
You can see some incredible scenes and if you enjoy adventures, get out into nature, making sure you got all the correct equipment with you.
Christmas is a time for families, and sometimes having your loved ones all under one roof can be slightly claustrophobic and overwhelming, especially during this pandemic time. If things are getting too much for you, take a time out, go outside, take a walk, get a book, go to a different room, and take time for yourself.
It’s okay to take a rest when you are not in the mood to socialize. The last thing you want is family drama and discussions.
To take good care of your mental health, take days for you. It is not selfish but brilliant to clear your mind. Especially if you are working during the Christmas period, it can be stressful. If you don’t have many days available on the calendar, book a day for yourself and stick to it.
It’s essential to keep active, especially during the lockdown. Even though you cannot leave your home without a mask, nothing can stop you from spending time with the people you love while you watch the Christmas lights. If you surround yourself with friends and family that make you feel loved and appreciated, you will do just fine.
Christmas is not about food, parties, and gifts, but a time to feel grateful for all the blessings you have in your life. If these tips don’t help you at all, you can always seek professional help.