Mental Health America of the HeartlandDecember 2016 eNewsletter
 

Although the holidays are supposed to be a time full of joy, good cheer and optimistic hopes for a new year, many people struggle during the holiday season when expectations are high and disrupted routines can feel overwhelming. However, some mental preparations and planning can help everyone cope with the season -- and hopefully enjoy it as well!

Tips for reducing or controlling stress:
  • Be realistic. If you feel overwhelmed by some activities (yours and/or your family's), learn to say "no."
     
  • Shed the "superman/superwoman" urge. No one is perfect so don't expect perfection from yourself or others. Don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
     
  • Meditate. It might be helpful to search online or find an app on your smartphone to help you find the best meditation technique for you.
     
  • Take one thing at a time and try not to overwhelm yourself with seemingly endless to-do lists and tasks.
     
  • Self-Care. Exercise, eat healthy, get an adequate amount of rest/sleep and maintain a good balance of work and play. This is easier said than done but if you make self-care a priority (and not just during the holiday season!) you will thank yourself for it.
     
  • Share your feelings.  A conversation with a friend lets you know that you are not the only one having a bad day, feeling anxious, caring for a sick child, or working in a busy office. Stay in touch with your friends and family and let them provide love, support and guidance. If you don't have someone you feel comfortable reaching out to, you can call our Compassionate Ear Warmline (details below) to talk to someone. Don't try to cope alone.

Click here to learn more about the physical and mental effects of stress.

Warmline

MHAH Information & Referral
913-281-2221
Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Compassionate Ear Warmline
1-866-WARM-EAR
or 913-281-2251
Open daily, 4pm-10pm
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Want to learn more about MHAH? Attend a Road to Hope event!
We also have many educational presentations and opportunities for CEUs in December. Visit our website for a full list of upcoming events.

NOTE: MHAH offices will be closed on Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th.  This does not include the Compassionate Ear Warmline, which is open 365 days a year from 4pm-10pm.
While you're thinking and planning for holiday gifts, consider MHAH and all the ways that you can support us including when you shop online through Amazon Smile.

When customers shop on AmazonSmile ( smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

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