How to Support Your Well-being During the Holidays
The holidays are upon us which for many means spending time with loved ones and attending parties. But with the holidays come additional pressures such as family tensions, financial constraints, over-committing, and house guests. It’s not uncommon for the holidays to become a source of anxiety or depression. As the holidays approach we want to share some tips we picked up from Mental Health America on how to support your wellbeing during the holidays.
1. It’s ok to say “No” if you feel overwhelmed.
You don’t have to attend every holiday function nor do you have to throw your own party for everyone else. Rather than attending every party, RSVP “No” and ask the person if you can get together after the holidays for some quality one-on-one time.
2. Be kind to your wallet.
You don’t have to max out your credit cards in order to provide someone with a memorable gift. Rather than a gift exchange consider a service exchange and offer to help them with snow shoveling, housecleaning, or offer to cook them a meal. You can also consider making a gift or a card instead of purchasing one.
3. Know when to end unwanted conversations
When that friend or family member wants to get into a heated debate. Let the person know you are uncomfortable with the conversation. If they continue, it’s ok to walk away.
4. Honor those who have passed
Losing a loved one is hard and being sad about our losses is natural and ok. Think of ways to honor their memory rather than mourn their loss. Consider:
- donating time or money to a cause that was important to them
- setting a place for them at the table
- stepping in to carry on a tradition
- looking at old photos or videos
- creating a new tradition to honor them
5. Don’t be alone if you don’t want to.
Some people find comfort in being alone spending time relaxing and there is nothing wrong with that. If however, you are feeling lonely consider talking with co-workers and neighbors to let them know you would like to get together or looking into events that you could attend or volunteer at. Volunteering provides an opportunity to not only meet new people but engage in worthy causes.
From our family at HealthlinkNY to yours, we wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.
HealthlinkNY is a Qualified Entity, certified by New York State, to operate the regional Health Information Exchange (HIE) in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Southern Tier of New York. The HIE network allows hospitals and other healthcare providers to contribute and access records for patients they have in common, thus improving healthcare quality, coordination, and value, by making healthcare more efficient and reducing waste. Together with its strategic partner, HealtheConnections, the HealthlinkNY HIE now extends from the Lower Hudson Valley to Central New York and up to the Canadian border. The HIE connects providers in 24 counties, more than 40% of the counties in New York State, and supports all 66 hospitals in its service area, or 27% of the state’s hospitals.
As the region’s hub of health information and improvement, HealthlinkNY supports healthcare delivery reform (DSRIP), bridges the information gap between behavioral health and physical health providers, provides data analytic capabilities to public health departments and fosters collaboration among public and private health plans.
Through the HealthlinkNY Community Network, HealthlinkNY collaborates closely with regional partners to develop and administer innovative ways to improve community health and reduce health disparities. The Community Network’s current regional campaigns include: promoting mental health in the workplace to reduce the region’s high suicide rate; promoting health equity; and working to identify and respond to the social determinants of health, such as transportation as a barrier to good health. The Community Network is also working to reduce the impact of addiction in the region, serving as the lead agency for the Southern Tier Addiction Resource Center and a partner on the Data Informed Opioid Response Collaborative in the Hudson Valley.