Managing your mental health during the holidays

ByTyra Whitney WLS logo
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Managing your mental health during the holidays
Tips from NAMI Chicago to maintaining your mental health this holiday season.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Holidays can be stressful on all Americans, especially those dealing with their mental health.

Large gatherings, parties, social events and the pandemic have created a need for everyone to navigate the holidays.

-Start with a positive mindset and leave the baggage behind.

-Detour around your triggers.

-Slow down on emotional responses and take time to see the bigger picture.

-Stop at old causes of conflict and view the potential change and growth that may have occurred.

-Avoid the potholes (hot buttons) of conversation (politics, religion, and hot button issues).

-Take the scenic route. If you need to get up from the table and take a walk outside, go do it!

-Revisit old memories, but only the good ones!

-Unpack the following words from your holiday vocabulary: Why, But, and Should.

-Bring your best self!

You can also get help with several resources in Chicago.