Four tips to take care of your mental health this silly season!
We all know the holidays can be overwhelming at times! With too many events in the calendar and the constant pressure to Go Go GO, it's important to remember that it's okay to take some time for yourself to recharge and reset. Here are four tips from the One Eighty team to help take care of your mental health this silly season!
1. Recognise Stress:
Everyone experiences stress and anxiety from time to time but when it starts interfering with your everyday life it is important to talk to your GP and seek additional support.
If you catch yourself feeling stressed, take a long, deep breath and try this grounding exercise:
• Acknowledge 5 things you can see.
• Acknowledge 4 things you can touch.
• Acknowledge 3 things you can hear.
• Acknowledge 2 things you can smell.
• Acknowledge 1 thing you can taste.
This technique helps bring your mind back to the present moment and allows you to feel more in control by moving your attention away from the stressful situation.
2. Take a mental health day
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by silly season pressure, be kind to yourself and remember, you don't have to attend every activity or event if you're not feeling up to it. Take a mental health day (or afternoon, or hour) and excuse yourself from the fray for some quality 'you' time. Do something you enjoy, meditate, journal or enjoy some time in nature! This will help you to avoid 'burning out' during the holidays.
3. Understand how alcohol affects you
If you're over 18, it's understandable you may be having a few drinks over the holiday period. However, it's important to remember that as your body processes alcohol out of your system, blood sugar drops, which actually stresses your brain out! This can lead to feelings of anxiousness and worry. Take this as your reminder that you can opt out of having 'one more' drink to save yourself the mental turmoil.
4. Talk to someone
If you notice you're not feeling yourself or are feeling angry, sad, stressed or irritable, talk to a trusted friend, parent or GP. Remember that your GP can provide you with a Mental Health Care Plan 20 subsidised appointments with a Psychologist. For more information visit our website at www.oneeighty.org.au
If you need to talk to someone now: Lifeline Crisis Support Line: 13 11 14 Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467
Any information in this article is not a substitute for professional advice. It is written from personal experience and research only. If you are in crisis, go to your nearest emergency room, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or dial 000.