It can be a time for families to get together or to take a short break away. For some, this time of year can also be a time of increased stress and anxiety; especially those battling a mental illness.
The pressure that comes with such events and holidays can impart a sense of uneasiness and worry. The stress of having a house full of relatives and friends can prompt feelings of anxiety which can spiral into feelings of panic. Catering for a number of guests on a special occasion can seem like a mountain to climb.
If you feel like you need to comply with what is expected of you, try not to beat yourself up about not being able to fulfil what others want from you. Stop and think about what you want, of what is best for you.
If you are faced with challenges which make you feel uncomfortable or seem unrealistic, just say no. It’s a small word but it can sometimes seem impossible to use but it might do a world of good for your own mental health and wellbeing.
Remember, Easter should be such a joyous and peaceful time and it can be. Stuck for ideas? Look towards our 5 Mindful Tips to Find Your Way Out of Your Rabbit Hole This Easter:
- Adjust you expectations:
Forget the postcard families bonding over a perfect meal, religious ceremony and remember in the real world, no family is perfect. Try and accept your own family unit and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to compare to how you perceive others.
- Don’t buy into holiday pressures:
It can be hard in adulthood, to honestly express feelings around holidays that may offend the people we are closest to. Give yourself permission to put your needs first and make it a stress-free time. Feel free to decline an invitation that makes you feel uncomfortable or that may end in conflict.
- Phone a friend:
Call a friend, chances are some of them may be in similar situations and readily available to share a meal or even invite you to join their plans.
- Get out and about:
Every psychologist professes to the benefit of exercise to boost your mood. Trying some gentle exercise will have all of your endorphins singing. Even 30 minutes could make all the difference.
Lastly, the great gift of giving is always needed, especially during the holidays. Whatever your needs this Easter just remember self-care.
Be good to yourself this Easter and remember, if you are feeling depressed or anxious and the holiday stress is taking an emotional toll; Belmont Private Hospital is here for you. We will still be running Day Therapy Programs during the holiday period.
If you would like to make an enquiry about any of our Day Programs or wish to know more about our Admission process, please contact our Admissions and Assessment team on 1800 700 274.