Whether or not you, a friend, or a family member are dealing with a mental health issue, here are some tips to reduce stress during the holidays.
Make sure you have enough of your prescription medication to get you through the holidays. Contact your doctor now if you don’t. If you feel you need extra therapy sessions, contact your therapist about availability. Ask a close family member or friend if they will be available during the holidays in case you need them for something.
Your “strategic retreat” from a stressful gathering may be anything from walking the dog to getting tea at a café to listening to soothing music to having a good cry. After your retreat, you can decide whether the healthier choice is to return to the get-together or go home.
Alcohol can interfere with medication and exacerbate symptoms. It also might spark an altercation or two.