|U of A trees in Quad - photo by Andy Grabia|
For many, this time of year is traditionally a time of celebration, a break from the busyness of life, and an opportunity to see friends and family. While many of us will be enjoying holiday traditions, events, and activities, this can also be a challenging time. For a significant number of individuals, the holiday season can be filled with stress, tension, isolation, and loneliness. There are a number of reasons why this happens, and it is important to be aware that these challenges exist, so that if we begin to feel stressed or lonely, we can be better prepared to get through it.
Here are a few ways to take care of ourselves during this time, to focus on and contribute to our mental well-being, and to ensure that the holiday season is a time of connection and meaning.