November is finally here and it marks the beginning of the holiday season, which means family gatherings, holiday parties, and all the added stress that comes with planning these events. It’s no wonder the holidays can be a major stress trigger. But, take all of this and add a pandemic into the mix, and this holiday season is one like no other. You’re stressing about how Thanksgiving is going to happen with your extended family and if it’s safe. Or worrying about paying for presents since your work has had to make pay cuts due to COVID-19. It’s a very trying time for everyone with little to no answers on how things are going to go. But during this time, make sure you are taking care of yourself and your mental health.
Coping mechanisms are strategies that people can use when they are dealing with high levels of stress. These strategies can help manage or subdue the difficult and painful emotions you feel when under large amounts of stress. Good Therapy does a great job explaining the benefits of developing a healthy coping mechanism and provides a long list of different types of coping mechanisms you can do in your daily life. Knowing the effects of stress is also helpful when it comes to dealing with it. Crisis Text Line provides an in depth list of the effects of stress, as well as provides healthy tips in dealing with that stress.
Another great way to deal with the stress that comes with the holiday season is through making lifestyle changes. Participating in stress-reducing activities is something that can help with decreasing the amount of stress you are feeling and boost your serotonin levels. The Cleveland Clinic provides a great list of small lifestyle changes you can make to help get started as well as different coping mechanisms. Some examples include getting enough good quality sleep and taking brief rest periods during the day to relax.
In addition to these resources we also strongly encourage therapy. Here at Mathews Counseling, we are here to help you whenever you need us.
At Mathews Counseling, all of our therapists are highly qualified with a minimum of a Master’s degree in a mental health field, licensed by a state board, and experienced in the areas listed on their bios. We are sure there are a number of other questions you may have with regards to starting therapy and we are happy to answer any of them.