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They say, they being those who are socially conditioned to believe Holidays and family can be stressful so if that is the case then it is time to refocus, slow things down and enjoy some quiet me time.

My daughter calls these moments Mental Health breaks.

We all need them and should take them more often but we get so caught up in daily life activities we almost become robotic. We neglect these moments so often that our minds and our bodies begin to give us signs. It could be something as simple as forgetting an appointment or as serious as having a panic attack. They are always shouting "hey take care of me." The problem arises when we turn up the noise and continue to ignore. Dealing with these issues is crucial to our mental health and proper function of daily life.

My years of experience taking care of my grandmother and my daughter's issues dealing with her Anxiety have forced us to prioritize our Mental Health breaks. We are mindful of the signs and of the things we require to recharge and remain healthy.

Parents sometimes are quick to neglect and disregard that kids carry a lot of stress and often say very little about it. Perhaps they just don't know how to express what they are feeling. We tend to come across as adults like these are just things we must deal with in life. We don't and we shouldn't but most importantly we need to stop transferring that message as well.

Mental Health is a serious issue. Depression and Anxiety can show themselves in many ways. These are some things to look out for:

-excessive sleep

-bing eating

-drinking too much and more often

-losing interest in being around friends

-crying abruptly

-irritability and excessive aggression

-becoming reclusive

-doing poorly in school

This is an especially emotional time of the year for me and as I've learned more people deal with loneliness during the Holidays than at any other time during the year. While most are planning big dinners or setting up travel plans some are thinking of connections lost or broken. Many are not mindful that "family" means different things to different people. As I continue to learn and grow in my own journey I pay attention to the signs that it is time for me to take my break. 

You can start to improve your Mental Health with these eight tips:

-start with at least a twenty-minute walk a few times a week

-engage in volunteer work

-start journaling, get out of your own head

-try a counseling or therapy session

-treat yourself to a spa date or a movie night

-try five minutes of Meditation

-take a Yoga class or other type of exercise

-reading! get lost in a good book

Mental health is an important topic. It should not be on the back burner. We need to watch for signs of Mental Health issues with our children and our loved ones. Encourage conversations so that feelings can be discussed and solutions can be found. A healthy state of mind helps Create your Best life.

What do you think? Have you dealt with Mental Health issues? Have you or are experiencing Depression and/or Anxiety? Do you feel ashamed to share these feelings? Should shame be attached to Mental Health? Let's have a chat!

Always stress free xo


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