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With the holiday season upon us, many of us will be juggling work and personal responsibilities. And with the economic stressors that naturally come with this time of the year, it can be hard to take care of oneself. And while we’re all trying to enjoy the season and get in the spirit, it’s essential not to neglect our mental health or forget about self-care during this hectic time. It’s important to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health, and taking care of yourself should not be put on the back burner. 

Here are five tips for how you can prioritize your mental health in the workplace during the holiday season:


1. Take care of your physical health

It’s crucial to maintain a healthy physical routine when time is limited. That means eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep. With the holidays upon us, we can find it difficult to balance work with family commitments, and it can be hard to eat well or find time to exercise when our schedules are stretched thin. 

It’s also important to remember that exercise is good for our physical health and can also help with depression and anxiety. Be sure you are focusing on both for balanced wellness this holiday season.


2. Be mindful of triggers

One of the best ways to avoid negative feelings is anticipating stressful situations. For many people, the holiday season can be a difficult time of year for mental health. There are so many triggers that come with this time of year—family conflict, loneliness, financial stressors, and more. It’s essential to monitor your mental state during this time of year and be conscious of what can emotionally trigger you. 

Monitoring your mental state is the first step in avoiding negative feelings or triggers during this time. If you know what stresses you out or makes you feel depressed, then you’ll be able to better prepare yourself for when those emotions come up again. When it comes down to it, acknowledging your feelings is an important part of taking care of yourself.


3. Set boundaries with work

It can be easy to put work first during the holidays. But this is not healthy for your well-being. It’s important to remember that you should always prioritize your mental health first – and setting boundaries at work will help you do that.

If you feel like you are overloaded with too many responsibilities at work or if you feel like your workload is very high, set a limit on how much of your time and energy you want to spend on a project or task. You can also try delegating some of these tasks to coworkers or find ways to automate them through technology. Setting boundaries with work will help you take care of yourself while still feeling productive. As a business owner, it is vital to keep your employee’s mental health a priority and support them in creating healthy boundaries.


4. Take care of yourself outside of work

Taking care of yourself outside of work can be a challenge, but it is key to prioritizing your mental health during the holiday season. If you have the opportunity to take your lunch break away from your desk or take a walk around the neighborhood, take advantage of those opportunities. 

Eating well and having some time to yourself every day is crucial for managing stress and finding balance. Making sure you are getting enough sleep is also essential – try going to bed earlier or getting into a better sleeping routine.

In addition, make sure you are eating well and taking care of yourself emotionally by spending time with friends and family. Spending time with people you love can be one of the best ways to stay happy during this busy time!

Not sure where to start, read my article from last year: “5 Gifts You Deserve to Give Yourself This Holiday Season”.


5. Seek out appropriate support

Mental health is a huge issue in today’s society, and it’s easy to see why. There are a lot of pressures that come with the holiday season: family obligations, financial stressors, and increased work responsibilities can all take a toll on your mental health. The most important thing you can do is make sure you have appropriate support to help you navigate this difficult time. You should not be afraid to reach out for help from friends, family members, or even professional services.

For example, suppose you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress from work during the holiday season and need someone to talk with about it. In that case, there are options available like coping skills therapy and counseling sessions. These types of resources might be helpful to get you through the holidays while still maintaining your mental health.


Resource Articles: 

Prioritizing Mental Health

How Showing Up for Ourselves Helps others

Mental Health in the Workplace

It’s a New Era for Mental Health at Work

Raising Mental Health Awareness in the Holiday Season

12 Tips for Dealing with Holiday Depression

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