3 Quick Self-care Tips to Combat Holiday Stress

3 Quick Self-care Tips to Combat Holiday Stress

The holiday season can be even busier and more stressful for many first responders and their families than at other times of the year. Missing family time, responding to tough calls, mental health issues, and burnout are year-round factors, but they can be particularly challenging during the holidays. And throwing a persistent pandemic in the mix only compounds these challenges.

Vector Solutions recognizes the sacrifice both first responders and their families make to provide essential care and protection to our communities 365 days a year. Thank you for all that you do throughout the year, and especially during this time.

We can all use reminders from time to time to stay grounded and in tune with our self-care needs. Here are three quick tips to keep in mind this holiday season:

  1. Go Outside (wearing sunscreen) - Exposure to sunlight has been reported to release serotonin, which boosts mood and feelings of calmness and focus.
  2. Exercise - Being active reduces stress hormones and stimulates the production of endorphins, which help promote relaxation.
  3. Talk About It - Don't just pretend everything is OK! Face your feelings head-on by being open and honest with fellow first responders, counselors, and Peer Support who can relate.

Taking care of your mental and physical health all year long is essential to your overall well-being and, in turn, impacts your effectiveness at work, at home, and in every aspect of your life. During this holiday season, give yourself the gift of self-care.

Check out our quick guide on Navigating Critical Incidents for actionable steps public safety agencies can take to help support first responders' mental and physical health.

Vector Solutions wishes all first responders and their families a joyous and peaceful holiday season! Stay safe.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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