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The Season for Self Love

The holidays are here and are a joy for some, but during this time many may feel stressed, sad, or lonely, especially those struggling with their mental health or substance use.

It's important to take a step back and prioritize your mental well-being during this time. Remember, the holidays are meant to bring joy and happiness, so don't forget to find moments of peace and relaxation amidst the chaos. 


The SAMHSA website provides some great strategies with coping with a difficult holiday. Here are the highlights, be sure to check out the link for the full article.

Strategies for supporting your mental health:

1.         Pay attention to your feelingsRecognizing your feelings is the first step to addressing and nurturing them.

2.         Develop a plan for when you are feeling stressed, sad, or lonelyThis plan may include calling a friend or family member, going for a walk, or engaging in an activity that brings joy.

3.         Practice self-careIt is important to schedule time for yourself and activities that recharge your mind and body.

4.         Connect with communityIf you can’t be near loved ones during the holidays, finding a supportive community through clubs, support groups etc.

5.         Support othersCheck in on loved ones who may be alone or struggling during the holiday season. Helping a friend or neighbor not only gives joy to others, but it can improve your own happiness and well-being.

6.         Avoid alcohol and drugsHaving a plan for navigating social events and feelings of loneliness, can reduce the risk of substance use.

7.         Know when to seek helpIf you feel that your mental health struggles are becoming overwhelming and difficult to handle, it is important to seek help and know that treatment is available.



SAMHSA’s National Helpline — 1-800-662-HELP (4357) - A confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

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