Staying Mentally Healthy During the Holidays

Good mental health is an essential component of good physical health, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services points out.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, which is working to reduce the impact of mental illnesses on Wisconsin's residents and their communities, posted tips for staying mentally healthy during the holiday season.

Saying good mental health is an essential component of good physical health, the agency listed these recommendations:

  • Know your limits. Identify situations that create stress. Prepare a plan to problem-solve for the situations that you can control and don't focus on the issues for which you have little or no control.
  • Simplify your commitments. Organize your time around activities you want to do, and you will enjoy the most. Take time to relax and recover from these activities. It is okay to say no to invitations.
  • Take care of your physical well-being. Exercise regularly and practice moderation in eating and drinking. Get plenty of rest.
  • Embrace your sense of humor. Activate and relieve your stress response by laughing out loud.
  • Volunteer your time and talents. See the world from another angle by helping someone in need, and put your stressors in perspective.

Emotional health concerns are treatable, the agency pointed out, adding that for emotional support and resources to help with any struggle before it becomes a crisis, the individual should text HOPELINE to 741741 or call 1-800-662-HELP.

DHS included a link to Mental Health America of Wisconsin's page on holiday depression and stress relief.

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