POST SERIES INFO: Taking Care of your Mental Health during the Holiday Season

Navigating Darkness is sponsoring a mental health-related post series this holiday season and I’m so excited about it!

The holidays are all about giving. We spend time with family and friends, practice our respective holiday traditions, worship, exchange gifts, and give back to others.

We focus on others during the holidays and, while that is a fantastic and beautiful thing, it often means that we put ourselves on the back burner. While giving to others is extremely important, taking care of our mental health is just as important.

A lot of people feel guilty for spending even just a moment thinking about themselves during the holidays, myself included. Many times, I feel selfish doing so, even if I want to take a little break from family. I think “Well, they came all this way to visit, so the least I could do is spend time with them.” Or “I don’t want to be rude, so I should spend time with them while they’re here.”

Those very thoughts stem from the fact that we aren’t doing what we need to do for our mental health, even though we’re trying to be kind in the process. It’s a catch-22, really. But, that’s why I’m excited for this post series. I’m really excited for this opportunity to continue spreading awareness about mental health, especially around the holidays, and also for the opportunity to work with you! πŸ™‚

Note: If you do not have a blog, I would be more than happy to share your post on my blog so that you can still participate. I don’t want to leave you out just because you may not have a blog. πŸ™‚


As of right now, the anticipated post dates will run from November 15-December 15, with no posts on November 22nd (Thanksgiving Day), and the deadline to have your post complete is November 1. This post series has 30 blog post spots open. Participating in this post series is a great way to promote your blog and meet other bloggers!

Each of our posts will have a snippet explaining this post series that will include a graphic and a link so that your readers can read the other posts in the series

As we’re writing about mental health during the holiday season, the goal is to have all posts ready to go and scheduled by November so that our posts can have more of an impact and help more people. It won’t do much good if we’re giving tips on handling holiday stresses, etc… if the posts go live right in the middle of the season.

You are welcome to write about any topic as long as it is related to mental health in some way. The goal is to be as of much help as possible to those who struggle with their mental health during the holidays.

Post ideas:

  • Dealing with stress during the holidays
  • Dealing with anxiety during the holidays
  • Dealing with depression during the holidays
  • Tips to help with financial stressors
  • Tips to help with family stressors
  • Tips on getting through the holidays alone
  • Tips on making travel less stressful


When you decide on a topic for your post, please contact me so that I can add it to our post line-up. You may see that someone else is already planning on writing about the topic you decide on. If this is the case, please get in touch with me. We may still be able to fit in your post without it being too much like someone else’s!

Post Line-Up

This post line-up is not final. Posts may be moved around any time before now and November 1.

If you would like your post to go live on a specific day, please let me know. Posts with a * are finalized for that date.

November 15: @TranscendPD How to Rewire your Mind for a Positive Holiday Season
November 16: @blueocean455: Self-care around Thanksgiving
November 17: @yeshummingbird: Self-care check list
November 18: @TheAudreyHope: Fast self-care manual for the holidays
November 19: @ItsNicoleCarman: Self-care during the holidays
November 20: @Thevalueofamom1 Self-care during the holidays
November 21: @LifeAsJustNikk1: Self-care
November 23: @tiffanimachado: General tips for taking care of your mental health
November 24: @everydaybattlin: Ways to not overthink the holiday season
November 25: @MoodyJayyy: The stress and anxiety of wanting everything to be perfect
November 26: @Tanja__L: Dealing with anxiety during the holiday season
November 27: @Anxious_Lee: Coping with anxiety and Panic Disorder during the holidays
November 28: @likeas_thewaves: Coping with agoraphobia during the holidays
November 29: @MaddDawgDailey: Seasonal depression while being around others
November 30: @WrdyBrdy_BaeJae: Coping with being alone during the holidays
December 1: @holdhopetoday: Reliving the past; not letting it get in the way of the present
December 2: @Aerwyn_Flynn: Making traveling during the holidays easier
December 3:
December 4:
December 5: @telldanielle15: Topic pending
December 6: @aliyahbrody: Topic pending
December 7: @LeeJPlummer: Making things more affordable to relieve financial stressors
December 8: @MomsMakeupGuru: Avoid being drained by toxic family members
December 9:
December 10: @tryingtobelaar: Grief (loss of family member(s))
December 11: @WanderingNobody: Grief
December 12: *@ABookBoundGirl: Grief
December 13: @myhomemadehome: Helping loved ones with anxiety during the holidays
December 14: @nessi_noodle: Tips for supporting family members who have a mental illness
December 15: @SifaPoulton: Tips for supporting friends who have a mental illness

To get in touch with me regarding this post series, you can either DM me on Twitter at @ItsNicoleCarman, or email me at Thank you for your interest in participating!


My name is Nicole, and I’m very happy that you decided to stop by and visit my blog! I write about mental health, and I post the occasional product review. I’m most passionate about writing, mental health advocacy, and gaming. My husband and I live in the South with our five tabby cats and two parakeets. If you ever want to connect with me, please don’t hesitate to visit my Contact page.

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    • Nicole
      August 24, 2018 / 7:11 AM

      Thank you! I’ve never done a post series but I’m really excited for this one.

  1. August 29, 2018 / 11:32 AM

    Sounds like a great idea for a post series! With illness, be it physical or mental, Christmas time can be exhausting. So it’s good to get a self care toolkit going! πŸ’œπŸ˜ŠπŸŒΈ

    • Nicole
      August 29, 2018 / 4:12 PM

      Thank you! I’m really looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I see so many gift ideas but I wanted to go a different route.

  2. Taryn
    September 25, 2018 / 11:49 AM

    The holidays can be tricky to navigate. Especially when you have your own mental health issues to deal with and everything else on top of that. Very good idea. Will read.

    • Nicole
      September 25, 2018 / 11:55 AM

      Thank you! I hope that it can help at least a few people get through the holidays.

  3. undoubtedlyyoung
    September 26, 2018 / 1:39 PM

    This is such a wonderful idea! I will definitely be sticking around to read these πŸ™‚ hope it all runs smoothly & I look forward to the reads πŸ™‚

    • Nicole
      September 26, 2018 / 3:46 PM

      Thank you! I can’t wait until it starts. I really hope that it helps get people through the holiday season.

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