Managing Mental Health During the Holidays
Updated: Dec 19, 2022
Although the holidays are portrayed as the happiest time of the year, they may often be stressful. While this may be reason for joy and camaraderie, it can also bring up a host of emotional and mental health issues.
You may be concerned about a variety of things as you make preparations for the holidays, including handling challenging family relationships, figuring out how to pay for gifts and trips, and answering inquiries about your private life from friends and family. Some people are concerned about how to handle varying points of view on matters like politics, COVID-19 safeguards, and immunization status. Others, who are able to take time off, are coping with work-related burnout and thinking about how to make the most of their vacation time.
Then there are the logistical strains of the holidays, such as travel. Cooking, cleaning, and gift-giving duties can add to the stress, especially as women are more likely to be the ones to do household caregiving duties, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Know that you are not alone if you are feeling any of these things. According to the American Psychological Association, more than one-third of Americans said that their stress increases during the holiday season.x
Symptoms to watch for
As stated by the American Psychological Association, holiday stress can lead to feelings of irritation, weariness, and rage. According to Healthline, it may also present as sorrow, anxiety, headaches, physical aches, or trouble sleeping.
According to Boston University, ten million Americans also experience seasonal affective disorder during this time of year in addition to holiday stressors. Women are four times more likely than males to have this particular sort of seasonal depression.
You can take specific actions to help manage symptoms of mental illness over the holidays. Continue reading for important advice and takeaways on how to support loved ones and yourself in many ways.
Techniques to Regulate Mental Health
Schedule some alone time and exercise your routine.
Prepare as much as you can in advance, but accept the things you cannot change.
Say no; take a break when necessary.
Set clear boundaries with your family and friends.
Be kind to yourself.
Find resources and assistance.
If you are in Georgia, Beal Wellness has a team of mental health professionals that is ready to help you live a happy and healthy life. Book an appointment with us today.