Wellelsey officials are encouraging locals who are feeling stressed from the holiday season to manage their time well and, for anyone feeling unusually overwhelmed, to undergo a mental health screening.
Representatives from Wellesley ACTS, a local suicide prevention group, have released a list of tips and advice to help locals get through the season filled with social events, shopping for gifts, and seemingly endless errands:
• Set realistic goals. Plan ahead, shop and make travel plans early and pace yourself. This will help decrease last-minute anxiety.
• Don't do everything on your own. Get everyone in the family to help with holiday tasks.
• Scale down your expectations.
• Manage your time and make sure you leave extra time for last minute changes or crises.
• Try to relax. Deep breathing exercises, relaxation tapes, and gentle yoga are some techniques that may help you.
• Exercise. If you already have a regular exercise routine, maintain it throughout the holidays.
• Monitor your feelings and share them with a good friend. Even a quick phone call or email exchange can help you feel better.
• Don’t drink too much. While alcohol is abundant at holiday parties, too much can actually make you feel more depressed.
If anyone feels overwhelmed and not like themselves during the holidays, representatives recommend taking a free anonymous mental health or alcohol screening online.
The test provides immediate customized feedback, as well as the opportunity to schedule an appointment for further evaluation if necessary.
For more information, visit Wellesley ACTS' website.
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