HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

by - December 16, 2017


Holidays.  Some people associate them with magical sleigh rides, others love them because they get together with their family, but some people just think of stress.  To-do lists keep getting longer and no matter how much you do, there is always something else being put on the back burner.  And more often than not, it's our health we let go of.  I know when I'm stressed I start eating whatever junk I can grab, or not having time to maintain your time with God.  It's hard to keep up with everything, so that's why my blogging friend Emma and I are giving you a two-part series.  Emma is going to talk about keeping up your physical health, and I’m going to lay down the foundation of maintaining your mental health.

Be sure to check out Emma’s post, because it is packed full of tips to help you out.  And also follow her blog, because she’s one of the sweetest humans ever and a newer blogger who deserves some love.       

Here are a few ways to maintain your mental health this holiday season.


Establish Routine

A morning and evening routine specifically.  The last thing you think about or do before you go to sleep can affect your mood the next day.  Same thing with the first thing you do/think in the morning.  I’ve found that if I read my bible first thing, it makes my day brighter.  I also really enjoy praying, right after I turn off the lights at night.  It makes me more in tune with God, since I can completely block out the rest of the world. 

My nightly routine also includes stretching and sometimes a shower or bath.  I find reading usually too exciting for me, unfortunately.  But if I know of a nice calm book, I’ll sometimes cuddle in bed with that. 


Give Social Media a Break

Research shows depression in adolescents was at 8.7% in 2005 and jumped to 11.3% by 2014.  What was it that happened in those 9 years?  Something pretty big, right?  Right.  A monster was created, called social media.

Since I started using social media, I’ve felt a lot of different things.  I’m always happy when people like my posts, comment, ect.  But sometimes I feel like I’m missing out.  Missing out on the great things my friends are doing and wondering why I wasn’t invited.

When I feel this way, I have to fight hard against it.  We are in a constant battle against self-pity.  But we shall be victorious.

I’m not saying Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and all the rest are bad.  I believe they can be good.  When you’ve moved nearly a dozen times it’s an easy way to keep up with your old friends.  It can also be great for blogging and let’s be brutally honest.  It’s just fun. 

So let’s be clear.  I don’t think social media is bad.  Just dangerous.  Dangerous for our mental health.  Especially if you’re someone who easily compares yourself to others.  I think the holidays is a wonderful opportunity to delete those overused apps and free up some storage for photos of the great things in your life.     




Spend Time Outside


When it’s cold and blustery outside, the last thing I want to do is go outside.   But even spending ten minutes in the sunshine (or lack thereof) can brighten the dirtiest mood.  Some mornings I’ll step out on our back porch and just take a few deep breathes before starting the day.    
Get Plenty of Sleep.

When I’m tired I’m immediately in a worse mood.  Over the last month I’ve been having so much trouble sleeping.  I’ll lay awake for hours, but sleep just won’t come.  A few nights ago, I found a rice bag my friend gave me.  I ended up heating it up and putting it on my feet when I went to bed.  I slept so well.  After that I realized I haven’t been able to sleep because my feet were cold.  I don’t know how I didn’t realize until then.  But since, I’ve been using it every night and sleeping so much better.  Although this tip is more on the physical side of your health, it still helps so much. 




Do you have trouble staying healthy during the holidays?  What's your favorite tip to keep your head up?  Are you unmotivated to go outside when it's cold?  Have you followed Emma's blog?  I hope you guys like collabs, cause I have quite a few coming up.  

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24 comments

  1. I'll have to agree on the social media. There are some good stuff on Pinterest and Goodreads, and they're great collaboration tools. But, at the same time, they can be tools of havoc with human emotion (particularily if haters are involved).

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, and they can be so addictive, right? Thanks for reading! ^.^

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  2. Hi Ella! I really enjoyed this post, it is so relevant and I also LOVE colabs! I just wanted to let you know that I tagged you, if by any chance you’re interested! If not that’s fine too! Have a wonderful day!
    Lydia

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    1. Hi Lydia! I love your name, by the way. I'm so happy you liked it! Ooh, thanks so much! I'll check it out ASAP. You have an even more wonderful day! <3

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  3. I LOVED this post and couldn’t agree more with your tips! They are all really really helpful and you are so right-mental Health is just as important as physical health. ❤️Can’t wait to read more of your posts!

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    1. THANK YOU, SASHA! Yes, it definitely is. Thanks, girl. Your comments always brighten my day. <3

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  4. Getting a lot of rest and taking a break from social media are great tips! I love the idea of going straight to reading the Bible when you wake up - that's something I need to get better at. :)

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    1. Yeah, I really need to put those into practice myself. I've always heard that it's really great, and it tends to work for me. That way I don't put it off.

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  5. These tips are really great. I've been watching stranger things before bedtime and it's really not doing me well. this check in helps with making me come to agreement that I need to stop watching that show before things go super south.

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    1. Thank you, Vanessa! Oh yeah, that would definitely keep me up. I can't watch that show at all, I just can't handle anything scary. X| Good luck, I know you can do it, girl!

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  6. Ahhh, you did such a good job writing this!! I SUPER SUPER SUPER enjoyed doing this collab with you :) I also thought it was cool that some of our tips were similar. This was a fun topic!! Health, wellness, fitness, you name it - one of my favorite topics. ^.^

    Anyway, thank you for doing this with me!! I had a ton of fun. You rock on, girl. ;)

    ♥ Emma Joy

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    1. Eep, thank you, Emma! I LOVED doing it with you too! We seriously need to facetime sometime still. Yeah, I noticed that! No, thank YOU! <3

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  7. Those are good tips! I'm pretty sure they're relevant to every season of life, so thanks for sharing. :)

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  8. Exactly! Blogging could be coined as social media too. I'm faulty of that! Fresh air is a great tip as well! Happy Holidays, Ella! :)

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    1. Ugh, yes. I might spend to much time bloggings... Thank you, Rebecca! You too!

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  9. Thanks for the tips! My mental health has gone a bit insane lately, so I'll have to keep this in mind.

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    1. Aww, I'm so sorry. I'll keep you in my prayers. <3

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  10. Awesome blog post, very creative and inspiring!!!❤

    Kaleaskorner.wixsite.com/mysite

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    1. Thank you, Kalea! I'm so happy you liked it!

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  11. This post was so yes!! Mental health is so so important and during the holidays a lot of people deal with a lot of problems with mental health. Loving this. 😊

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, there definitely are. <3

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