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Tips for Melting Your Holiday Stress Away!

Mental Health Humor Chato Stewart - frosty the snowman the florida sun

Chato: Frosty… What did I tell ya… ain’t the Florida SUN just melting your stress away?!

Title: Frosty the Snowman’s Winter Vacation Disaster

Disasters can be common any time you bring together family, friends and illness.  Just like poor Frosty the Snowman’s attempt to reduce the stress of this time of year, you need to find the right stress reduction tool.

Don’t let the “stress” of having so-called fun, ruin your recovery and push you off  into a psychiatric episode.  An episode where you end up on the six o’clock news; in your skivvies on top of a car roof or large snow pile yelling…”I’m the KING of the WORLD!”…while wielding a decorative samurai sword. (What! LIKE that has never happened to you too?!)

Unlike Frosty, we should go prepared for our family reality encounters. Take your meds.  Plus, make sure you have something extra to help you deal with any moments of overwhelming stress; like when uncle Joe busts out at the dinner table that he does not believe you’re mentally ill,  you’re just lazy! Or when auntie Marie insists that all you need is a good relationship to take care of that depression!  For sure, this time of year can really pull on your recovery.  Don’t let it pull too much. Take charge.

If you feel you’re in a place (physically or mentally) that is triggering negative and/or toxic emotions — LEAVE if you can, change the subject or don’t participate.  Or do what I do and jump up and start singing and dancing around as if I’m in a whole different world. That usually makes others leave and I can have peace and a stress-free moment again, (till the next person comes to talk to me.) What stress reduction tool will you use?!

Here’s a recap of my tips to melt stress away:

Tip 1:

Take Your Meds.

Tip 2:

Prepare AHEAD (pun intended) mentally for Family/Friends interactions i.e. anticipate/rehearse/write down a plan of action to cope with any negative trigger/s.

Tip 3:

LEAVE — as in the room, party, event, conversation…change subject, change whereabouts or don’t participate.

Tip 4:

“Do a little dance, sing a happy tune…It’ll be ALRIGHT!:)




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Tips for Melting Your Holiday Stress Away!

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2017). Tips for Melting Your Holiday Stress Away!. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 21, 2019, from


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