As we head into the winter break and the holiday season, we write with some tips for caring for your emotional health provided by the JED Foundation. While the holidays can be a joyous time spent reconnecting with friends and family, they can also be overwhelming. Feelings of loneliness, anxiety, or sadness can sometimes occur. JED offers a few tips and resources that may be useful in helping us navigate the stresses of the holidays and truly recharge.
- Prioritize sleep and indulge in some down time. It’s okay to take a break from — or say no to — social gatherings, make time for hobbies you enjoy, and connect with what is most important to you about the holidays.
- Take a break from social media. Holidays are often seen as a cheerful time, which creates pressure for things to be “perfect” and leads to disappointment if they’re not.
- Remember to breathe! Getting grounded in where you are at any given time can help you feel less overwhelmed.
- Connect with loved ones by phone. Instead of texting, connect by phone — hearing a familiar voice can be calming and comforting.
- Acknowledge your grief. If you have lost a loved one, remember that there is no right or wrong way to grieve or celebrate, and your grief matters whether you feel sad or find joy during this time.
- Move your body as you are able. Movement gets the blood flowing and brings your attention to the present moment.
- Meditate. Taking the time to sit down and simply follow your breath can bring you into the moment and help you feel connected.
We hope you have a restful and restorative winter break. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in January.
Olivia Muñoz, Dean of Students for Community Care & Inclusion – Co-Chair, JED Campus Committee
Don Thomson, Associate Dean for Health and Well-being – Co-Chair, JED Campus Committee