With the shift in seasons to the cold, dark part of the year, biologically we should be winding down, having shorter days, getting more sleep, getting cozy, and communing around the hearth with loved ones. Since that is far from the reality of our mulit-tasking, fast paced world, our biological systems are stressed! It's not you:) It's being human.
Added to that, while the holidays can be joyous and filled with family and friends, they can also be a reminder of a loved one who has passed, a relationship that ended, and financial worries. This time of year has a way of bringing up unresolved grief, loneliness, and anxiety, and for those that struggle with seasonal affective disorder (which I think we all do to a degree), they feel the pangs starting in late August/September. Being intentional and proactive is the best way to counter holiday stress. Addressing food sensitivities, mineral deficiencies, and sticking with proper nutrition and exercise is also key. Mental health is just like physical health, it deserves and requires proper care and attention, nutrition and exercise. Be proactive. Plan outings with friends, if you are new to the area, there are so many active social groups in the community! Keep an eye out for community calendars and meet-ups. Plan a community service event with friends. Talk to a life coach or counselor, count your blessings, acknowledge to supportive friends and family what is coming up for you, and don’t forget to participate in the season. There is only one you. No one else can bring what you bring.
By Jessalin Newbury