5 ways to support your mental health during the holiday season
The holiday season is officially here. It can be a time of connection, treats, and indulgence. For some, it can also be a time of added stress and anxiety. This can be an especially difficult time for those TTC. Here are 5 ways to support your mental health through the holidays season.
1 Go for a walk, every day.
I know, I know it’s rain season, but I wouldn’t suggest it unless there was good reason. Intentional time set aside for walking is a great option for lowering your stress hormones, boosting endorphins, and supporting your mood. I suggest a minimum of 20 minutes, and if you can do that twice a day, even better.
2 Prioritize your sleep.
Yes, the holidays can mean more parties and events, which can mean more late nights. On all the other days of the week, be strict with your bedtime. Make it a non-negotiable part of your day. Getting adequate sleep and feeling rested will help tackle the next day’s stress much easier. Aim to be in bed by 10 pm.
If there’s a particular stressor you know is coming up - perhaps a Christmas dinner, or work party you’re dreading, plan ahead. Acupuncture is an excellent resource for managing stress and anxiety.
Add protein and veggies to every meal. The holiday season is notorious for sugar-heavy meals. While very tasty, for some people, it can worsen anxiety or cause your energy to spike and crash. I want you to enjoy your holidays without it triggering your nervous system. Adding protein and veggies to your meal can help ease the impact of carb or sugar-heavy meals.
If you’re in the thick of it and feeling that stress, remember you can always come back to your breath. Take a mindfulness minute. A nice trick I like is every time you wash your hands, take 5 deep, slow breathes. 5 second inhale, hold and slow exhale. This will stimulate the relaxation part of your nervous system and lower your cortisol levels.
Dr. Ashley, ND
Naturopaths Vancouver - Mental Health
Contact us to book your appointment.
Learn about the Naturopathic Doctors at our clinic in Vancouver, BC.