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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.

While the holiday season can be a time of parties, cheer, and good memories, for many, it can also be a time of great stress. That’s why it’s important to prioritize your mental health all-year long, but especially during the holiday season. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the holidays and put your mental health first all at the same time:

  • Don’t overbook yourself. If you find yourself with invitations to more events than you can attend, feel free to decline some of them. Don’t spend time and money that you don’t have trying to go to every event that you’re invited to.
  • Don’t spend time with toxic family members. Oftentimes, we feel that we have to spend time with our family, because well, they’re family. However, if doing so brings you more stress than it does joy, don’t hesitate to create boundaries about the events that you’ll attend with family and the amount of time that you’ll spend with them.
  • Budget for the holidays, and stick to your budget. This time of year, it can be very easy to overspend, and once the excitement of the holidays wears off, you’re left with credit card debt and a lot of stress.
  • If you find yourself feeling lonely and isolated during the holidays, do some research on local holiday events that you can be a part of. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, or join a group for Christmas caroling, and you can feel a sense of community during a time that may usually make you feel lonely.

Don’t let this holiday season hijack your mental wellbeing. Remember that the greatest gift you can give yourself this time of year is peace of mind.

For psychiatrists who prioritize your mental wellbeing, give us a call at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine in Augusta County, VA.