Happy Holidays: Take time to disconnect in order to reconnect

Happy Holidays:  Take time to disconnect in order to reconnect

I love the holiday season and everything that comes with it—the festive decorations, the aromas of cinnamon and pumpkin and spending time with family.

But, getting into the holiday spirit doesn’t always come so easy. Often, the joyfulness that of what should be a merry time of year is served with a heaping dose of stress-cleaning, decorating, cooking, gift-giving and hosting family.

As I was decorating this year, I found myself wrapped up in the chore of it all. It wasn’t until I was halfway done that I remembered to turn on some holiday music. As I trimmed the tree, my son started singing along to “Jingle Bell Rock.” Almost instantly, my mood lightened.

These moments are gentle reminders of what’s really important. Stress, grief and a whole host of other emotions can surface during the holidays. So, it’s important be proactive in your mental health as well as your physical health. What that looks like is different for each of us. Maybe it’s shopping or yoga or baking. Maybe it’s sitting curled up by the fire with a good book. For me, I always make a point to take time doing holiday activities with my kids. It’s time when I know I can disconnect from work and my other responsibilities and just be “Mom.”

As we prepare to end one year and start the next, I want to take a moment just to say that we’re honored to be part of your care team. You have made a conscious choice to be our patient and we are committed to providing you with the highest quality care.

From all of us at Marshall Health, have a healthy, happy holiday season.

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Beth Hammers, MBA

Hammers is executive director of Marshall Health.