The Best Present of All – CHC Experts’ Self-Care Strategies for the Holiday Season

The holidays can be a stressful time of year. These helpful tips from CHC experts will help you stay mentally healthy and present during the holiday season.

Pro Tips for a Less Stressful Holiday Season

  • Simplify, slow down, and be intentional. Limit commitments and relax while still doing the things that are most meaningful.
  • Create boundaries for yourself and feel comfortable upholding them.
  • Keep up with sleep hygiene.
  • Set aside specific times to connect with people, even for brief check-ins.
  • Donate to a charity of interest to your child(ren) to emphasize that getting isn’t everything.
  • Find ways to stay connected with extended family.
  • Take a few deep breaths for gratitude, stress relief, etc.
  • Slow down. Move with intention. Walk more slowly, talk more slowly, eat more slowly, etc.
  • Set realistic expectations of self and others.
  • Prioritize self-care and mindfulness to stay in the moment.
  • Decrease pressure by allowing space to get things “wrong.” It’s OK to forget a gift, sleep too late, burn the chicken, feel angry, etc.
  • Let go of perfection. “Good enough” is good enough.
  • Be open to experiencing new things, sights and discoveries.
  • Incorporate small moments of play.
  • Try a brand new activity: visit a new place, try a new recipe, talk to a new neighbor, etc. Be mindful and pay attention as you go.
  • Decide to do “less” with purpose instead of spreading yourself too thin.
  • Find joy in simple pleasures.

Would you like your own copy of these helpful tips? Download this infographic as a PDF.


CHC is here for you. A screening can help you determine if you or someone you care about should contact a mental health professional. Care Coordinators can arrange a free 30-minute Care Consultation so you can explore options with an expert. Call or email us at 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org to set up an initial Consultation appointment.

 

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