Southern Indiana Living

NOV-DEC 2018

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Nov/Dec 2018 • 42 T he holidays are a joyous time of the year for many people. 'Tis the season for spending time with loved ones and reuniting with dis- tant friends and family. It's a time of gath- erings and celebrations; a time of sharing love and joy. For some people, it's their fa- vorite time of the year. What's not to love? The holiday season can be a chal- lenging time of the year for many peo- ple, however. The holidays can bring on anxiety, depression, fatigue, sadness and loneliness. The hustle and bustle of the season may cause stress as individuals try to fit additional work into an already busy schedule. The pressure to make every- thing memorable and perfect may cause undue anxiety. Some people experience isolation while others are burdened with sad memories from past holiday seasons. It might be the first holiday season after losing a loved one. Dealing with the in- creased demands of the holidays may be difficult for everyone, but it is an especial- ly challenging time of the year for indi- viduals with existing mental health issues. A common problem during the holi- day season is depression and it may occur in people who typically do not have prob- lems with depression. When people only experience these feelings during the holi- day season it is called the holiday blues. The holiday blues affect some more than others. According to a survey by The Na- tional Alliance on Mental Health, 64% of people say they are affected by the holi- day blues and 24% stated the holidays af- fect them a lot. Whether you experience the holiday blues or have an existing mental health is- sue that is more difficult to manage dur- ing the holidays, following these tips will help you "handle the holidays." 1. Sleep Sleep is important all the time, but even more important during the upcoming months. The holidays are notorious for being busy and overwhelming so be sure you are getting enough rest. 2. Stay Organized The holidays are jam packed with things to do. It's easy to forget you drew your cousin's name in the family gift exchange or that you volunteered to bake cookies for your work party. Make a point to write things down or put them in your phone. To-do lists over the holidays are life savers. 3. Take it easy It's okay to say no. If you don't feel like going to the third party in two weeks then don't. Taking care of yourself is very important. You should know your limit and if you're getting close to it, take a step back and stay in for the night. Don't feel obligated to make every single event. Prioritize activities and don't overcommit. 4. Exercise You should make an effort to exercise regularly, but even people who do may skip it during the busy holiday season. Allow time to be active. If you don't typically exercise this is a great time to start. Even short walks are helpful. Or get creative… try ice skating! Many communities will offer free holiday events that will encourage physical ac- tivity that may help you deal with the demands of the holidays. 5. Budget If you know that money has been a stressor in the past then plan ahead this year. Set limits on your spending including gift giving, hosting expenses and travel. When January arrives, you will thank yourself! There are a number of ways to "handle the holidays." Following these five tips will help you make the most of the holidays. If you don't experience the holiday blues, be aware that someone you love might. Make an effort to check on a loved one during the holidays. Send them a card, give them a call, or send them a quick text. Let them know you are think- ing of them. Happy Holidays! • PCS is located in Clarksville, Ind. and has been serving the community since 1959. The organization provides counseling services in the form of pastoral counseling, play therapy, trauma counseling, addictions therapy, music therapy, and more. There are also several outreach programs such as the older-adult community choir or the summer arts camp for kids. For more information, please visit the website at www.pcs-counseling.org or call our intake coordinator at 812-283-8383 x21. How to Handle the Holidays It's okay to say no. If you don't feel like going to the third party in two weeks then don't. Taking care of yourself is very important. * ADVERTISEMENT *

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