Psychological well being across the Holidays – Fort Bragg Advocate-Information
While many of us enjoy the festive events, family time, and the hustle and bustle that comes with the holidays, for others the stress and pressure can be overwhelming. At Adventist Health, the mental health of our community is just as important to us as its physical and mental health.
John Ramirez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Adventist Health Mendocino Coast Medical Offices, knows that this time of year can be tough, and that part of the meaning of the holidays may be tied to things that really aren’t what they mean. being. “The holidays are teeming with advertisements for materialistic things that if we bought them our lives would be the best! Many of us have learned that it’s more about a good mood than materialistic things. “
While the holidays sometimes bring a number of challenges, some good things emerge from this time of year and the current pandemic that offer us an opportunity to shed light on the importance of self-care for our friends, neighbors, and loved ones.
Here are some quick tips from John to help change our minds about this time of year:
- Change what you take time to do. We are influenced by what we consume. When we find we are not feeling well, a good place to start is to examine what is taking up our time. To support, eliminate, or limit any opinion-based content that you may consume.
- Get targeted sleep by looking at the number of hours your body takes to rest and, if possible, avoiding things that may interfere with sleep, like having a caffeinated drink too close to bedtime.
- Get involved in activities that make you feel better. If you enjoy physical activity: walking, running, cycling, etc. If for any reason you get stuck inside, do targeted movements like arm and / or leg exercises.
- If your belief is an important part of your personality, dedicate yourself to spiritually rewarding activities such as prayer, meditation, study, and worship.
- Keep a gratitude journal by writing down things you are grateful for.
If you need other techniques during the holidays and all year round, our team is here to help. You don’t have to do it alone. To schedule an appointment with John as a psychiatrist, please call our doctor’s offices at 707-961-4631.