5 ways to support your mental health during the holiday season

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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.


3 Acupuncture

  • 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. 


4 Nutrition 

  • 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.


5 Breathe

  • 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.

Happy Holiday’s 

Dr. Ashley, ND


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