Mental Health During the Holidays
The Holiday Season can be stressful for all of us. We can begin to question
ourselves. Are we going to have what we need in order to give what we want to
give? Are we going to be able to celebrate the way we want to? Is so and so
going to be there?
There are so many different reasons to feel overwhelmed and stressed this time
of year. On top of all these stressful situations come feelings of depression,
alienation or jealousy. In our minds we can begin to imagine a perfect recipe for
disaster. This time of year is supposed to be a time of celebration and happiness
spent with family, friends and loved ones. We set such high expectations and
then oftentimes we hold ourselves accountable if things don’t go as well as we’d
hoped or wanted them to.
Mental Health plays a pivotal role in how well we survive the Holiday Season.
Having an open heart and an objective awareness of how those around us are
experiencing this time of year can go a long way towards making sure we survive
this season feeling less strained. Many around us are suffering from loneliness or
Mental Health Issues. We have all read the articles about how widespread
depression can be this time of year. Helping others enjoy the Holidays can be
incredibly meaningful for us. If someone we care about isn’t feeling up to the task
of being social, try not to pressure them. If we know someone is feeling down,
perhaps we could reach out and spend a little time being a good listener. If we
know someone who suffers from the effects of Mental Illness, maybe we can be
more aware or understanding of their feelings.
The Holidays are a time of celebration. A time to give thanks and to reflect on the
past year. I hope you each have time to feel close to those who are important to
you, to remember those who are unable to celebrate with us and to spread love,
empathy and joy to those we can during these festive times.
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