5 tips for better mental health this Thanksgiving

As we gather together with friends and family members on Thursday, many of us will come face-to-face with the reality of the holiday season: it can be challenging for people with mental health issues.

Close quarters, lots of togetherness and seeing family members that you might tend to avoid the rest of the year can trigger emotional breakdowns, stress and other not-so-fun outcomes. Follow these tips from the experts at Psych Central in order to have a safe and sane Thanksgiving this year.

1. Make mental health a priority.

Whether you are the one suffering from mental illness or it’s a loved one, make sure that good mental health is your top priority. Find ways to relieve stress, stay active in support groups and get plenty of sleep. Your health needs to come first.

2. Stay connected

. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, it can be tempting to isolate yourself from friends or family members. However, try to stay connected to the people you’re closest to, especially if they can offer support and guidance through the holiday season.

“If you’re not in the holiday mood, consider spending time with a friend or calling a person who cares about you. Connecting with just one person can make you 10 times less likely to get depressed,” said Darlene Mininni, PhD, MPH, author of “The Emotional Toolkit.”

3. Don’t feel guilty.

There may be things you need to do in order to protect your mental and emotional health this year - and that’s perfectly fine. Don’t feel bad about scheduling time for yourself or opting out of social gatherings that are going to be too stressful. The people who truly love and support you will understand.

4. Take a break.

If things get too crazy, take a break, says Elvira G. Aletta, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and founder of Explore What’s Next, a comprehensive psychotherapy practice. A strategic “time out,” whether it’s a nap, listening to music or going for a walk can help you stay grounded.

5. Try to avoid alcohol.

Alcohol and mental health issues don’t mix - especially during the holidays. In fueling emotion and outbursts, alcohol might cause flare-ups that won’t otherwise happen.

“You do not want to be disinhibited when there is even one person in the room who can hit your buttons with an emotional Taser,” Dr. Aletta said

Source: Psych Central

More Articles

Creatine is a type of acid naturally manufactured by our liver, pancreas and kidneys. One of its primary roles in the body is to provide energy...

There are two commonly used sets of criteria for diagnosing schizophrenia and other mental health disorders: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual...

There are a number of talented musicians who have suffered from schizophrenia at some point in...

People in the prodromal phase of schizophrenic experience what can be called...

The term "schizophrenic break" refers to an episode of acute psychosis in someone with...

More Articles

More Articles

Creatine is a type of acid naturally manufactured by our liver, pancreas and kidneys. One of its primary roles in the body is to provide energy...

There are two commonly used sets of criteria for diagnosing schizophrenia and other mental health disorders: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual...

There are a number of talented musicians who have suffered from schizophrenia at some point in...

People in the prodromal phase of schizophrenic experience what can be called...

The term "schizophrenic break" refers to an episode of acute psychosis in someone with...

Treating schizophrenia with medication often yields positive results. Nowadays, there are many...

Understanding the pathophysiology of schizophrenia (or, in other words, the physiological...

Scientists have been studying schizophrenia for a long time, trying to determine what...

An estimated 30% of people with schizophrenia have refractory schizophrenia, which means their...

While most people can’t fathom purposely hurting themselves, self-injury is not uncommon with certain types of psychiatric disorders. Although it...

Although schizophrenia goes back several thousand years, this most serious of psychiatric disorders was not officially coined “schizophrenia”...

The neurotransmitter serotonin is known to influence a number of important brain functions, including perception, mood, sleep, appetite, cognition...

There are a number of different research methods used in psychology, but one of the most interesting to the layperson is the case study. Case...

The question of whether people with schizophrenia know they are ill is actually quite...

No one knows exactly what causes schizophrenia, and there are a number of...