How to Make Yourself a Priority When it Seems Like There’s No Time
As 2022 draws to a close and the holiday season sets in, it’s easy to get lost in the stress that comes with it. Our team at Desert Radiology understands how busy this time of the year can be, and we wanted to remind the Southern Nevada community to focus on their mental health in addition to everything else. This month our practice is sharing strategies to help you stay centered and less stressed this December.
- Make Time for Yourself by Saying “No”. It can be overwhelming spending all your time with family, friends and work colleagues during the holiday rush. While it can be tempting to keep saying “yes” every time you are invited to a party or holiday gathering, remember to say “no” when you really aren’t feeling up to it or when you need some time to yourself. It’s important to set boundaries for others so you can prioritize the activities that bring you the most joy and fulfillment.
- Practice Relaxation. Practicing relaxation techniques can help you center yourself before your next holiday shopping trip or family gathering. Take a few deep breaths by inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth while slowly counting backwards from five to help lower your heart rate. You can also practice quick meditation in your car by taking a minute or two to close your eyes and focus on your breathing patterns and the sounds you hear. This will improve your mindfulness before entering a stressful environment and will help you clear your head before navigating a tense situation.
- Imperfection is Okay. We all want to give our family and friends an unforgettable experience during the holiday season. Whether that means finding the right gift, being physically and emotionally present or creating a travel itinerary to make time for everything on the way, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle trying to make it all perfect. While that may seem important, it’s also equally important to remember that imperfection is okay. Things won’t always go according to plan and being at peace with imperfection will help reduce your stress and anxiety when it seems like every day is more overwhelming than the last.
- Ask for Help if You Need It. If you are feeling completely overwhelmed and don’t know what else to do, don’t be afraid to ask for help. We recommend writing down a list of people you feel comfortable reaching out to and keeping those people in mind when it feels like there’s just too much for one person to handle. Connect with them to remind yourself that you aren’t alone and that you have a group of people who care about your wellbeing. The people in your life want to be there for you, and they’ll be happy you thought of them as someone to rely on when things got extra tough.
Using these strategies will not only help you prioritize your mental health this holiday season, they’ll also help you get more out of the time you’re spending with family and friends. If they know you are feeling well, then they’ll also be more relaxed around you and have more fun too. We hope these tips help this holiday season, and from our Desert Radiology family to yours, we wish you happy holidays! We look forward to what 2023 brings and can’t wait to serve you again in the new year.