15 Ways to Cope With Mental Illness During the Holidays

If the holidays were a recipe, the baking instructions would read a lot like this: 1 part friends, 1 part family, 1 part vacation time and roughly a million parts of stress (give or take a few stress-units).

The holidays can be a dual edged sword. They’re full of music, food, love and good old fashioned cheer… but they’re often coupled with a long list of social obligations, a long list of unfavorable social interactions and a long list of charges to your credit card. Everyone is stressed out during the holidays and, for those of us who suffer from mental illness, that strain is often magnified.

But don’t worry, friends… Healthversed has your back. Today, we share a few of our favorite tips and tricks to beat the Holiday blues and unwrap a happy holiday season.

Educate Yourself

When it comes to mental illness, education should always be the first step. A few simple keystrokes on your trusty laptop can quickly and easily connect you with a local mental health professional, a community of like-minded individuals or… ahem… a list of tips and tricks.

When suffering from a mental illness, it can feel as if you’re all alone, stranded on an island of credit card debt and eggnog. You aren’t alone. In fact, you’re far from alone. So do some research and arm yourself with some much needed perspective.

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Time Management

You know what stresses me out during the holidays? The dreaded holiday schedule. Trying to manage a growing list of holiday parties, decorating, gift shopping and gift wrapping can be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan in place.

So… try putting a plan in place! Pick up a day planner (or just use the one on your phone), make a to-do list and start scheduling! Monday: shopping. Tuesday: decorating. Wednesday: more decorating. Thursday: binge-watch Christmas movies.

Spreading out your chores over a week or two can lighten your holiday load and, hopefully, your holiday list seem a little more manageable.

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Renata Sedmakova / Shutterstock.com

Budget

You look at your shopping list. You look at your bank account. You look back at your shopping list. You look to the sky.

We all want to shower our loved ones with riches during the holidays and take part in all of the various social engagements… but, you know… money. Building a holiday budget is a lot like building a holiday schedule. You start with what you can afford to spend, and divvy it up accordingly.

Don’t have a lot to spend this year? Get crafty! People really appreciate handmade items and they can be a fantastic way to stay on budget.

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