Now that we have gotten into December, we are officially in the holiday season! Hopefully, your Thanksgiving was great, and you have the intention to take advantage of the holidays to the fullest. The celebration of the holidays will continue well into January and this period can be a mix of fun, stressful, draining and exciting. To keep yourself healthy over the next few weeks, follow these tips. And if you refuse to follow them for one reason or the other, you probably need to go for individual counseling in Orlando.
It is easy to have your routine and sleep patterns disrupted during this holiday season, so make sure you allow nothing get in the way of you getting good sleep. There will be many mornings and evenings where you have to gather with friends and family, be at parties and gatherings or even travel from one city to another. But a good sleep at nights should be a constant for you. Cut off your caffeine and alcohol intake and put off your devices with blue lights about an hour before you hit the bed. If you have children, try to stick to their schedules too. Everyone has to be healthy through the holidays.
The cold weather is setting in already, and this can make you get lazy, but it is essential to keep your body active physically and mentally. A lot of people can fall into depression on cold dark nights and if you go for individual counseling in Orlando, one of the best ways to fight depression is through regular exercise. Partner with a friend who will encourage you on days you do not want to hit the gym.
A lot of people struggle with eating in the middle of all the activities of the holiday season. If your eating habits are disordered before, consult with a therapist to help you with any emotions or behaviors that are triggered by holiday meals. With individual counseling in Orlando, you will be able to go through strategies to regulate your emotions.
The holiday season comes with financial struggles, and it is a season of giving gifts. So, make sure you check your financial situation to see how much you have and can afford. Make a list if possible, and write down the names of those you would like to give gifts. Financial problem is one of the many topics people battle with during individual counseling sessions. So, if you do not want to fall into this pit, allocate your money accordingly.
Calculate how much time you will be able to spend with your family and friends and what level of celebrations can you afford. Plan appropriately on how you would like to handle any friend or relative that you would like to visit. And should you lose anyone close to you at this time, go for individual counseling in Orlando for how to handle grief during the holiday season. You should also take a break from work at this time of the year to avoid any form of mental breakdown.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.