The holidays are here again and what that means to you can depend on where you are, the things you have experienced, your culture and so many other factors. For some, this time of year can be a time spent with loved ones and friends for others this time of year can bring on mood changes such as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), seasonal stressors, conflict and reminders of loss. Regardless of what this season means to you. Remember to take care of yourself in the process.
3 tips from a Texas Therapist
1. Check in with yourself. Reflect on: What feelings come up during the holidays for you? What about this time of year makes you feel that way? It can be helpful to journal thoughts and emotions to gain new perspective and to provide a space for the thoughts and emotions to go.
2. Pay attention to when you need to take a break. We have a biological need for rest and if this is a difficult time of the year for you, your needs for rest may be greater. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and if you feel overwhelmed during the day give yourself permission to take a break.
3. Reach out and get connected with others. Who do you feel close to? Identify your support system and connect with them if you can. The support of others can help and serve as a resource.
If you feel like the help that you need is beyond what your current support is able to offer, reach out to a professional counselor, therapist or other helping professional.
Ebony Skinner, LPC
Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and it is not intended to be or substitute treatment by a Licensed Professional.