Saturday, January 28, 2023

Tips for maintaining good mental health this Christmas

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness in which we have everything we want, but for a large number of people they are very difficult dates. Each ad, each image, each song that evokes smiling friends or an entire family gathered around a wonderful table can exacerbate stress, anxiety, sadness, apathy, loneliness, and depression in a fairly high percentage of our patients.

Christmas shopping, celebration events, family get-togethers, visiting relatives we do not like, feeling the absence of loved ones who are no longer with us, excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco, inadequate nutrition and excessive spending is concerned about. Some factors that create discomfort during this time of year.

To take care of both physical and mental health during these dates, we invite you to follow the following tips:

  1. Don’t Ignore Your Medicinal Treatment, If you travel, remember to keep your medicines in your suitcase.
  2. maintain a healthy diet: Although we will eat in abundance in which we will include typical sweets of these dates, nougats, polvorones, mantecados… We must include in our daily diet light and purifying foods such as fruits and vegetables. Its fiber regulates intestinal transit, which will help you go to the bathroom and control cholesterol levels. don’t forget to drink water, minimum 2 liters a day. Try to take care of yourself on days when you don’t have family events or events with friends. Take the opportunity to cook steamed, baked or grilled. Minimize dishes high in saturated fat (found in meats, sausages and pastry products) and opt for olive oil and oily fish instead.
  3. avoid excessive alcohol consumption, Apart from the fact that it assumes empty and useless calorie intake, it can increase conflicts and accidents.
  4. do physical exercise, The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least thirty minutes of physical exercise a day, don’t park them on Christmas. Doing proper sports according to the physical condition and age of each person improves both physical and mental health. Go for a walk with your family and friends, in addition to improving digestion, you will get physical activity and breathe fresh air. Small gestures like getting off the car and walking to buy a gift or climbing the stairs in your house instead of using the elevator can go some way to offsetting potential excesses.
  5. Sleep well, try to rest for at least 8 hours a day. If we have gone to bed late then it is okay to extend the wake-up time a little, but do not change the schedule too much, as this affects our body and, moreover, it will make the return to the post-Christmas routine more difficult.
  6. Plan your expenses, avoid unnecessary wastage and don’t leave shopping for last. Enjoy Christmas according to your financial possibilities.
  7. At gatherings with friends or family, avoid controversial topics of conversation, sensitive family matters or political topics. Above all, respect.
  8. For families with young children, it is important to schedule activities where we give them attention and they are active and engaged. We should stop them from spending more time in front of the screen.
  9. Take time for yourself. The end of the year is a great time to reflect and set goals, but also to recognize your progress and reward yourself for your achievements.
  10. Finally, manage your expectations, adapting Christmas to your individual needs and possibilities.

and remember: Mental health care should be taken at all times of the year, Not just on Christmas.

Happy Holidays!

Rebecca Gonzalez Gines

Pharmacist of COFM Technical Information Service

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