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The holidays can be the happiest time of year for many people. They often bring family members together, and many people enjoy the holiday traditions that they have established with their friends and families.

However, for some people, the holidays can be a very stressful and overwhelming time. If you are one of those people, preparing in advance can help you feel more content as the holidays’ inch closer. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind as you mentally prepare for the holidays.

Establish Boundaries

Have firm boundaries in place, and ensure that your friends and family members know and understand those boundaries ahead of time. If you struggle with substance abuse, you may want to ensure that any gathering you attend will be substance-free.

Have boundaries for what you are and are not willing to experience throughout the holidays. As you enforce these boundaries ahead of time, they will already be in practice when the holidays show up. Work with your family to ensure they fully understand your needs and desires.

Know When to Take a Break

The holidays tend to be a hectic time. While you may enjoy all of the parties and activities, it is essential to know when to take a break. Putting your mental health first is necessary. Work to understand your mental health better. Know what triggers you and what works best to refresh you. Burnout is real and can significantly impact your overall well-being.

Use Stress Relieving Activities

Feeling stressed out can significantly impact your mental health. If the holidays tend to cause you anxiety, practice stress-relieving activities ahead of time. You may want to explore yoga, jogging, painting, or reading, to name just a few of the pastimes that bring stress relief to many people.

Try out new activities; you never know what you may end up enjoying. Know what brings you relief ahead of time so that if you begin to feel stressed, you have a plan in place to help. Having a plan in place throughout the holidays can help you to feel safe and secure.

The holidays are a wonderful time for many people, typically filled with family gatherings and activities. If you usually struggle with your mental health throughout the holidays, you may benefit from planning ahead. Try to utilize stress-relieving activities. Set firm boundaries, and know when to take a break. Here at The Guest House, we are ready to help you understand your issues and reach your goals. You do not need to face these challenges alone. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about how we can support you.