background image
To advertise: 800-371-9938
Discover Western Prince William December 2019
8907 Mathis Ave. Manassas VA 20110
2017 Toyota Camry
Stock # M1784
2016 Ford F150
Stock # I6618
2008 Honda
Accord EX
Stock # M1751
2017 Golf
Stock # M1761
2018 Jeep
Grand Cherokee LTD
Stock # I6648
2016 Ford
Stock # I6742
2019 Dodge
Stock # M1740
2017 GMC
Terrain SLT
Stock # I6649
2018 Toyota Tundra
Stock # M1777
2017 Chevy
Stock # M1755
2018 KIA
Optima LX
Stock # I6715
2015 Hundai
Stock # I6741
When we think about the holiday
season, many of us picture twinkling
decorations, homemade goods, and
spending time with loved ones. But
for some of us, the holidays can bring
hints of sadness, anxiety, or stress. To
better navigate this holiday season,
here are six tips to keep your mental
wellness at the forefront:
1) Don't overextend yourself.
It is okay to say "no." You may
be bombarded with invitations to
parties, celebrations, and other
social gatherings. While invitations
are of fered with the best of
intentions, sometimes they feel
overwhelming. While it is important
to get connected and occasionally
push ourselves outside of our social
comfort zone, it is equally important
to catch our breath and remember
that we can't always be everything
to everyone. Say "yes" to the social
gatherings you feel comfortable
with, but a simple "I'm not able to
attend this year" is acceptable.
2) Get connected.
If you're feeling isolated, connect
with a friend, family member, or
someone you haven't heard from in
a while. If you're feeling especially
bold, strike up a conversation with
someone new! Spending time with
those you care about and those who
are good for your mental health is
important all year, but especially
dur in g t h e h o li day s e as o n.
3) Anticipate that you may
feel stressed.
Try as we might to slow it down,
the holiday season is fast-paced,
so keep in mind that you may feel
some additional stress. See our
next tip for suggestions on how
to de-stress!
4) Find an enjoyable way
to relax.
Relaxing looks different to everyone,
but we all need healthy ways to
calm ourselves when we're in the
midst of a busy schedule. Some
nourishing ways to relax include
trying out a new holiday recipe;
giving back to others (volunteering
opportunities are everywhere--get
engaged with something that feeds
your passion!); or going for a walk
and being mindful of the changing
leaves and brisk air.
5) For those struggling
with loss:
Give yourself permission to grieve
and acknowledge that the holidays
may not be the same as they once
were when your loved one was here.
Shedding a few tears is normal
and part of the healing process.
If possible, find a way to bring
forth positive memories of your
loved one. For those wishing to
include their loved one into the
holiday season, have friends or
family members share their favorite
memory of/with the person; light a
candle in memory of those no longer
here; create a memory book/board
of your loved one and keep it close
during the holidays; or prepare one
of your loved one's favorite meals
and share it with a close friend or
family member.
6) Regarding family: Set
boundaries and be realistic.
Though we may cherish our family
and the time spent with them
during the holidays, it sometimes
proves difficult to accommodate
our relatives' different schedules,
beliefs, or personalities. It is
important to be realistic about the
time you have available and how
you want to spend it. Decide how
much time you want to allocate to
family (three hours, one day, etc.)
and choose a timeframe that makes
you excited to be with them. When
dealing with potential challenges
that could arise with family, try to
work through solutions ahead of
time and decide on responses and
actions you could take that would
make you feel comfortable.
If you are having difficulty coping during
the holiday season, there are numerous
community resources that are here to
help. If you are looking for a therapist
or support group, call the Mental Health
Association at (540) 341-8732 or visit
our website at
Mental Wellness During the Holidays
by Brittany Dwyer
Education and Outreach Coordinator
for the Mental Health Association
Warrenton, VA