The holiday season can be a bright, magical time for many people. But others find them challenging, stressful, and at best…something to be gotten through with as little personal damage as possible. It’s the holiday season that can turn many people – young and old – to substance abuse to get through the stress and pain of seeing difficult family members; the pain of being alone; the pain of isolation due to COVID-19. No matter the reason, holiday stress can be a disaster for people trying to be wise with substance use.
3 Ways to Mitigate Holiday Stress in a Healthy Way
- Be kind to yourself: Acknowledge when you’re having a hard time and practice good self car.
- You don’t have to go to EVERY holiday gathering, even if you think it might hurt someone’s feelings: Be prepared to say “NO” a time or two to give yourself some much needed space and quiet.
- Ponder the positives: When you’re stressed, it can be very easy to constantly stream negative thoughts through your mind. Make an effort to think positively every now and then. Make it a habit you practice.
We believe in you and we truly hope that your holiday season is merry and bright rather than crazy stressful.