CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE

CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE

HOW TO NAVIGATE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

There is always this pressure to be happy and merry around the holiday season. After all, it is "Merry" Christmas. Now, don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas, and I love how it can unite family and friends together.

 

But as every year would come, consistently, I would get stressed around the holiday season about food. "What am I going to eat?" "Should I eat that chocolate chip cookie?" "Did I overeat?" "I need to go the gym tomorrow." and create an obsessive thought loop in my head. 

 

The holiday season can be challenging for many. People who have to be around toxic people, people who feel stressed about food or people who have lost someone. So, Rather than me telling each of you to buy this set or shop this look, I'm going to share my Christmas Survival Guide. A complete guide broken into 5 parts:

 

How to Deal with Toxic Family or Friends During Christmas 

 

How to Deal with the Stress of Christmas 

 

How to Deal with Food Guilt and Food Freedom

 

Things to Do If You're Lonely This Christmas

 

Tools to Overcome Loss During the Christmas Holidays

 

How to Deal with Challenging Family or Friends During Christmas

Dealing with challenging family or friends during Christmas can be tricky, but it's essential to prioritise your emotional well-being. We can't always choose our family, so if you have to deal with situations that compromise your mental health, at least come equipped with your healing toolbox! And remember, their behaviour isn't a reflection of their love for you. Sometimes, they can only do the best THEY know how to. 

 

Here are some strategies to navigate these situations:

  • Set Boundaries
  • Limit Contact
  • Seek Support
  • Practice Self-Care: Read our self-care bio-hacks here.
  • Think Positively: It's very easy to get into a negative thought loop when we feel under attack. According to the National Science Foundation, 80% of our thoughts are negative, and 95% are repetitive. To break that negative thought loop, practice affirmations and gratitude daily. You know we love our affirmations here, and for good reason! Each of our products has its own tailored affirmations to shift your mindset from negative to positive. Anything you say after "I AM" becomes true. To read more about the power of affirmations, click here
  • Focus on Positive Relationships
  • Detach Emotionally
  • Create Distance
  • Never take it personally - their behaviour is a reflection of how they feel about themselves, NOT how they feel about you. 
  • Send Them Love - The only person who suffers from holding in anger is you. 

 

How to Deal with the Stress of Christmas

The holiday season can bring about a lot of stress and destructive thought patterns. To manage this stress, it's essential to prioritise:

  • Self-care - read our self-care tips here
  • Taking breaks
  • Practising mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Spending time in nature - Research shows that 10-50 minutes in natural spaces was the most effective in improving mood and focus and reducing heart rate
  • Engaging in activities that bring joy
  • Support with supplements - Our Hormone Check Drops have clinically proven ingredients to enhance better cognitive function
  • For more, read how to lower stress + cortisol here

 

How to Overcome Triggers

 

Christmas can filled with triggers that may challenge our mental health. To overcome these triggers, identify them and develop strategies to cope:

  • Setting boundaries - with both yourself and others
  •  Practising self-care - Prioritise activities that bring you joy and comfort.
  • Take a relaxing bath, read a book, or watch your favourite movies
  •  Seeking support from loved ones
  • Create an environment for success - what you surround yourself with in life is what you attract; be mindful of that!
  • Wear things that make you feel good 

 

How to Deal with Food Guilt and Food Freedom

During Christmas, we are surrounded by festive treats and meals. This used to be one of the most triggering and stressful times for me where I would either have constant food guilt, restriction or binge. It's crucial to balance enjoying the holiday food, choosing decisions that support your goals and maintaining a healthy relationship with food by:

 

  • Embracing the concept of food freedom - by allowing yourself to eat all the yummy things around you, you realise they become less important! When we give our "guilt" foods power, they can control us. TAKE back control and enjoy yourself! 
  • Practising mindful eating - eat slowly and chew thoroughly.
  • Show yourself unconditional love - Use affirmations as a way to cultivate self love from within.
  • Avoid mirrors or anything that can trigger you

 

Things to Do If You're Lonely This Christmas

The festive season can be significantly hard for anyone feeling lonely during Christmas; try coping with the following:

 

  • Reaching out to friends and family - They can offer support or invite you to join their holiday plans.
  • Volunteering in the community - Look for local volunteer opportunities during the holiday season. Helping others can provide a sense of purpose and connection.
  • Participate in virtual holiday events - Joining these events can help you feel connected to others, even from a distance.
  • Find support and counselling - Sharing your feelings with others who understand can provide comfort and validation.
  • Take up a new hobby or activity - explore a new hobby or activity that interests you. Join an online class or group to meet like-minded individuals.

 

Tools to Overcome Loss During the Christmas Holidays

 

Dealing with loss during the Christmas holidays can be incredibly tough. Here are some tools that can help you navigate this difficult time:

 

  • Seek Support: Reach out to friends, family, or support groups who can provide a listening ear and empathetic understanding. Sharing your feelings and memories can be comforting and healing. 
  • Create New Traditions: Lighting a candle in their honour, creating a memory box, or preparing their favourite holiday dish can be meaningful ways to keep their spirit alive.
  • Practice Self-Care: Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. Engage in activities that bring you comfort and joy, such as exercise, journaling, or hobbies. Allow yourself to grieve and process your emotions at your own pace.
  • Connect with Others: Reach out to others who have experienced similar losses. Online support communities or grief counselling can provide a safe space to share your feelings and gain support from those who understand.
  • Embrace Gratitude: While it may be difficult to feel grateful during this time, focus on the positive aspects of your loved one's life and the memories you shared. Practising gratitude can bring a sense of peace and appreciation amidst the pain.

 

Remember, healing takes time, and it's okay to feel a mix of emotions during the holiday season. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to honour yourself in a way that feels right. 

 

And if you need anyone to talk to talk to, drop us a DM on Instagram or email us here

 

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