Mental Health and the Holiday Season

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We’d like to wish you a very happy holiday season! We can’t believe how fast this year flew by, and that we will soon welcome 2024. DF Safety is committed to your safety in the workplace now and into the new year.  

Holidays can be challenging to navigate and surface many different emotions, which can affect your emotional wellness. Read on to learn some tips to help protect your mental health this holiday season. 

Be realistic 

The season can bring a variety of expectations and a plethora of invites to different social gatherings. If you are feeling overwhelmed, be sure to set boundaries and be realistic about your bandwidth. Remember that nobody expects you to be perfect, and you don’t have to say “yes” to every invite you receive.  

It’s also common to feel isolated or alone this holiday season. Try to keep yourself occupied by partaking in activities you enjoy, like treating yourself to a movie, game night, or a dinner out. Call or try to connect with friends and family or look at some local events to help you feel connected to the outside world in some capacity. 

Limit social media 

While social media can be a wonderful connection tool, it can also trigger negative emotions. The pressure to do everything perfectly can be compounded by what you consume through social media platforms. While we all enjoy some mindless scrolling, if you catch yourself feeling negative impacts to your mental health, it’s time to unplug. Spend some time outside enjoying this amazing weather we’ve been having in Edmonton, start that book you’ve been waiting to read, or soak in time with family and friends. 

Acknowledge your feelings 

The most important thing to do if you are feeling sad, depressed, or anxious is to reach out for support. According to the American Psychological Association, “around two in five (41%) said their stress increases during this time compared with other points in the year.” 

It is normal to feel a wide range of emotions during this time of the year, but it is key to express and acknowledge your feelings rather than keeping them bottled up inside. Whether you seek the help of a professional, a family member or friend, be sure to talk to someone you trust.  

We know that the holiday season can be challenging, and we encourage you to reach out for support if you find yourself struggling.   

Mental health and the holidays are something that people need to be aware of and continue discussing. This holiday season, show a little extra kindness, and offer a helping hand if you see someone in need.