8 ways to be mentally healthy this Christmas

The St. Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, recently compiled a list of 8 things you should do to take care of your mental health over the holidays.

  1. Decide which Christmas activities and traditions are most significant to you.
  2. Make a Christmas budget and stick with it.
  3. Eat right and get enough sleep and exercise.
  4. Recognize signs of stress and use relaxation techniques when you begin to get irritated or upset.
  5. Have realistic expectations of family and friends.
  6. Make time for yourself.
  7. Delegate Christmas tasks and ask for help.
  8. If you experience persistent low mood or anxiety, consider professional help.

Visit their website to read the rest of the details.

Also, check out this list of 12 things to help keep your mental health in check this season.

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Truehope closed Monday

Truehope offices will be closed Monday, November 12, 2012 because of Rememberance Day the day before. We will open for regular operating hours the next day at 8:00.

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10 things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

Last fall, Psychology Today posted an article outlining 10 things to be thankful for. Given that today is Thanksgiving, we thought we should reproduce that list for you here. So while you are digesting your turkey and fixings, alone or with family, keep these things in mind to give you perspective.

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