November and December are months spent with loved ones, gathering gifts, preparing delicious feats and managing a busy travel schedule. Though often expressed as a season of joy and celebration, the holidays may cause overwhelming stress and exhaustion that can take a toll on a woman’s emotional and mental health. As the year winds down Brookhaven Retreat provides each woman in its residential treatment program with the essential skills to overcome any obstacles this holiday season.
There are many possible triggers presented over the holidays that can make women with mood disorders and substance abuse issues vulnerable. Traveling, family, stress and exhaustion can all interfere with maintaining her healthy habits and daily routines.
Women who have experienced trauma or struggle with the loss of a loved one may have a difficult time coping during the holiday season. Frequent get-togethers and celebrations can provoke painful memories and intense anxiety that may trigger a relapse into unhealthy coping mechanisms such as self-medicating and self-injury.
During treatment, women learn the importance of avoiding unnecessary triggers including disruptions in sleep, excess financial stress, unrealistic expectations and unhealthy social environments. Women are taught it is okay to decline an invitation if it compromises her emotional, mental or physical health and learn how to set healthy boundaries.
Brookhaven Retreat encourages women to not feel overcome by the pressures of the holiday season, but rather enjoy the time spent with loved ones, avoid unnecessary anxiety or stress and practice self-care. Maintaining a healthy routine of sleep, exercise, nutrition and medication helps women stay focused on their recovery, even during the busy holiday season.