Mental Health Holidays

The stores are awash with goods of the season, songs of good cheer filter the airwaves and the rush, rush, rush that this time of year brings is definitely on. For many, the holidays can be a trying time – not only for the extra errands, cooking, shopping, etc. but for activities and memories that may trigger emotional pitfalls.

That’s why it’s important to give yourself the best present of all by taking care of your mental health, starting by setting time aside to focus on your needs. Don’t forego that enjoyable hobby or coffee with your best friend. Truly, those activities are more important in the long run than heading out at the crack of dawn to mingle among a multitude of shoppers!

Maintain a healthy diet (but please do indulge a bit) and keep a regular exercise and sleep schedule. If family expectations are running you ragged, don’t be afraid to set boundaries. If something or someone is getting under your skin, speak up in a gentle but firm way.

Recognize that the holidays are not a mandate for your happiness. Among these days of cheer will likely  be others of sadness or stress and that’s perfectly normal. Take the time needed to acknowledge your emotions, accept them and then try to work through them.

Don’t set yourself up for failure by promising to cook dinner for 12, take on an extra work shift, volunteer at a local charity, bake cookies for the neighborhood – you get the idea. Manage your time, resources, and most importantly your health, both mental and physical.

Spend your time with the people who support you unconditionally for who you are and don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help if you find the holidays too much to handle.

And remember – you’re not alone. The holidays have a way of bringing up a lot of complicated emotions surrounding family, relationships and traditions for many of us. If you need a little extra help in managing your mental wellbeing, just give us a call.


A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).