Holidays and Mental Health Needs
As the holidays approach, many people feel a sense of dread. For some, the holidays are a time of sadness and loneliness. For others, it could bring about feelings of anxiety and stress. Many situations can invoke these feelings, and we’ll take an in-depth look at some of these situations. In addition, we’ll give some practical ways to deal with mental health needs, particularly during the holidays.
Loss of a loved one
The holidays can be difficult for those who have experienced the loss of someone close. Many people will feel overwhelmed by memories and the feeling of emptiness that comes with grief. For many, the sight of decorations, Christmas trees, and cheerful music can be too much. It’s hard to feel joyful when your heart is heavy with sadness.
Grief is a natural response to loss but doesn’t follow a time limit. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and everyone moves through it at their own pace. Some people will feel better after a few weeks, while others may take months or even years.
What’s important is allowing yourself to mourn in your own way. Don’t try to bottle up your feelings or ignore them – that will only worsen things. Talk to your friends, family, or an understanding professional about what you’re going through and find ways to honor your loved one’s memory.
The holidays are often a time of great financial stress for many people. Between buying gifts, hosting gatherings, and traveling to see family, the cost of participating in Christmas can add up quickly. This can lead to a great deal of anxiety for those struggling to make ends meet. In addition to the regular stresses of the season, money troubles can make the holidays challenging.
It is important to remember that you are not alone in your struggles. Many people feel financial pressure during the holiday season and discussing these worries with others can be hard. If you are feeling overwhelmed by money worries this year, take a step back and breathe. Remember to be kind to yourself and reach out for help if needed. Many resources are available to those who need assistance, from budgeting advice to financial support services. No matter how challenging things may seem right now, there is always hope for a brighter future ahead.
Isolation from family and friends
For some, being away from family or friends during this period could bring about feelings of isolation and sadness. Times like these may also create additional stress if they have unresolved issues.
Maybe your work has taken you to a new place, or personal or financial constraints make it difficult for you to travel. Perhaps there is a health condition in the family that prevents visits. It could also be that you’ve gone through a significant life change recently, such as divorce or death in the family, and this holiday season brings feelings of grief.
No matter the reason, know that you’re not alone. People worldwide share similar stories and experiences; it’s essential to acknowledge these feelings and find ways to cope without judgment.
Taking the time to reach out to those you may have had disagreements with or not seen in a while can help bring holiday cheer. Even if it is just a phone call, text message, or video chat – show them that you care and want to stay connected during this time of year.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some time for yourself to relax. Find an activity that can provide comfort, such as reading a book or journaling your thoughts on paper, listening to music, or taking a walk outdoors. If the holidays have become too much of a burden, consider seeking support from friends, family, or a mental health professional.
Reaching out to those around you and practicing kindness is also beneficial. Even if it’s just asking how someone is doing and lending an ear, it can make all the difference in helping them feel connected during this period of isolation. You don’t have to be physically present to show someone you care.
Holidays and Mental Health Needs: What Can You Do?
There are several things that you can do to help cope with mental health needs during the holidays:
- Be mindful of your expectations. The holidays can be a time of stress and pressure, especially if you are trying to create the ‘perfect’ holiday. Try to relax and take things one step at a time.
- Connect with friends and family. The holidays can be a lonely time for some people. Reach out to friends and family members, even if you only talk to them online or over the phone.
- Get organized. The holiday season can be chaotic, especially if you try to do too much. Make a list of what you need to do and try to stick to it.
- Delegate tasks. If you are feeling overwhelmed, ask friends or family members for help. They may be happy to pitch in and help make the holidays less stressful for you.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure that you take time for yourself during the holiday season. Relax, watch your favorite movie, read your favorite book – whatever makes you happy!
- Change your outlook on the holidays: If the holidays are an emotional strain, try changing your mindset. Consider ways the season doesn’t have to involve large gatherings or expensive gift-giving – there are many ways to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank or feeling overwhelmed by being around people! Try thinking outside traditional holiday activities such as baking cookies, creating holiday cards, or having a board game night.
- Seek professional help if needed. If you are struggling with your mental health during the holidays, it is crucial to seek professional help. There is no shame in asking for help; it shows that you are strong enough to admit that you need help!
Holidays and Mental Health Needs: In a Nutshell
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to suffer in silence if you’re struggling with mental health issues during the holidays. There are many effective and accessible options available, such as speaking with a professional or joining a support group.
Reaching out for help is never a sign of weakness – it’s an act of courage that can make all the difference. If you need additional support over the holiday season, remember that there are people who can help you through these difficult times.
By recognizing that mental health needs may increase during the holiday season, you can ensure that you care for yourself and your loved ones. Make sure to check in with others often, and don’t be afraid to reach out for help if needed. More importantly, check in with yourself!
At Awakened Counseling Services, we understand that the holidays can be difficult for many people, especially those dealing with mental health issues. We are here to provide you with the necessary support and resources to help make the holiday season easier.
Our experienced counselors understand that it’s not always easy to handle emotions or manage stress during this season of joy. We strive to provide our clients with individualized strategies, tools, and techniques tailored to their unique needs. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed by family obligations or struggling with feelings of loneliness or depression, our caring team is here for you every step of the way. Reach out today for assistance navigating your mental health needs during this holiday season so you can enjoy yourself without worrying about your well-being.
Together, we can make the holidays a time of joy and peace. You are not alone.