Tips to Maintaining Mental Health this Christmas

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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The holiday season can at times become a strenuous situation for all of us both physically and mentally. It might create more significant problems for those who are already suffering from mental problems, than others.

Several factors which are part of our holiday routine can be the reason for your stress levels going haywire. Here are a few key aspects which you will have to look for and manage well to stay healthy and happy this festive season.

 
 

 

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1.Alcohol

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Alcohol might start by making you feel relaxed but crossing the line with the number of rounds can push you into depression and lead you to feel low, irritable and aggressive. It is always better to quit alcohol as a whole or drink within the nominal recommended limit to be safe.

 

2.Food

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When it comes to profound festivities like Christmas, we always tend to overindulge ourselves while we eat. With all the tempting treats lying around, it is difficult to stay in control. But overeating might lead to frequent mood slumps or irritability later. It is better to remain in control and have the right amount of food necessary.

 

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3.Do good

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Being a helpful person is not only a favor you can do for others, but also a favor you will be doing for Yourself. It increases your self-esteem, improves your mood and can also benefit your physical well being to an extent.

 

4.Try to relax

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Being the big holiday season, Christmas can become tiresome when the burden of hosting your friends and family lies upon your shoulders. Last minute shopping, getting your house ready and the tremendous amount of time you spend in your kitchen can take a toll on your mental health and well being. Once you start feeling the pressure, it might lead to symptoms like anger, difficulty in sleeping and anxiety. If these symptoms last longer they can have serious effects on your health.

 

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5.Get involved

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Such gatherings lead to the perfect opportunity to increased human interactions with both the people you know and those you have just met. Sharing something with a person face to face will improve both your mental and physical well being by increasing the production of the hormone oxytocin, which helps your immune system, cognitive functions and also to maintain a healthy heart.

 

6.Sleep
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Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can have severe effects on your mental well being. During the festive season, we tend to make more excuses to stay up a little longer. This might not look like an issue but it can take a serious toll on your health. Make sure you have fun bit also stick to your usual sleeping pattern.

 

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