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Healthy Habits for The Holidays

For many of us, it can be difficult to maintain the healthy habits that we’ve been working on during the holiday season. Whether it’s because of the business of spending time with friends and family, the loss of routine from having a break, or simply wanting to take the pressure off during an opportunity for relaxation – it’s easy to fall off the horse at this time of year. But keeping up with your healthy habits, coping skills, and recovery goals is essential in caring for yourself and maintaining your mental health.

One way to bolster your motivation to keep on track with your healthy habits is to make a list of your therapeutic goals for the holiday season, and what behaviors or skills will help you maintain them. For example, if you are struggling with an eating disorder and you expect holiday meals will be challenging for you, set your intention to not restrict, purge, or binge in a journal or on your phone. Next, list the coping skills you know help you achieve those goals in your day-to-day routine, such as mindfulness or emotional regulation techniques. For someone with depression, the goal may look like maintaining feelings of self-worth. The habits supporting that could be staying connected with supportive friends, daily affirmations, and being mindful of negative self talk.

The holiday season is a uniquely stressful and busy time of the year – and it’s so important to stay oriented to your goals and behaviors that help you get there. Being mindful and intentional about your dedication to caring for yourself is an effective way to maintain your therapeutic work.

Wrote by:

Melissa Signore

Mental Health Counselor Intern


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