Staying Sane During The Holidays
Dec 11th, 2018 by Jane Noble
The Foundation is delighted that CBS News turned to ELF founder, Mara James, to share some tips and advice on how to navigate the holiday season. It is not easy staying sane during the holiday period. It becomes even more difficult for people who have mental health issues. What should be a joyful and exciting time can easily become stressful and filled with anxiety.
Piggie Bear was created to help children manage their emotions, yet we as adults can also benefit from Piggie Bear’s teachings. Emotions can be calmed and controlled through deep, belly breathing. If you feel your emotions racing out of control, just take yourself to a quiet place and breathe deeply for 5 minutes. For anyone feel a little sad and lonely, Piggie Bear teaches us to love ourselves and give ourselves a huge hug. Holding that hug can release oxytocin which helps fight off depression.
As parents it is important to remember that children are like sponges when it comes to absorbing other people’s emotions. The calmer and happier the parents are, the calmer and more contented the children. Mara reminds everyone that it is more important to spend quality time with family and friends.
If sending holiday cards is causing anxiety, then don’t send then. Simplify your life and focus on what is most important.