This holiday season, JED is here to help you lessen stress and care for your emotional health. That way, you can make the most of this time, spending it with the people you love, taking breaks when you need them, and doing the things that bring you joy.
The holiday season is often called “the most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s also a time when many people feel down. There are lots of reasons why you might feel stress and sadness between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day—but luckily, there are concrete ways to take care of yourself.
While holiday celebrations often involve alcohol, it’s possible to stay committed to your sobriety—or simply drink less or not at all—during this time of year. Check out these tips to keep your celebrations sober, cheery, and bright.
There are tips and tools you can rely on when faced with food-centric holiday traditions, like feasting or fasting, while managing eating disorder recovery. From leaning on your support system to practicing self-compassion, you can stay on track and feel supported.
Being grateful can improve your mental health year-round, and can make your holiday season more joyful and less stressful. Get ideas on how to make gratitude a part of your daily routine.
One of the best ways to care for your emotional health is by connecting with people you care about. Make your holiday gatherings more meaningful with these conversation starters and tips for creating boundaries and being vulnerable with family members.
It’s normal to feel lonely, sad, and anxious during this time of year, but a little self-care can go a long way in helping you feel better. Check out these tips from Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth, JED’s Chief Medical Officer, to support your well-being.
Planning ahead for holiday celebrations and family gatherings can help you stick to your sobriety. Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth offers advice to help you get ahead of your stress so you can feel prepared and confident in your decision to not drink.
Find more resources to take care of your emotional health during the holiday season and beyond in our Mental Health Resource Center.