Posted: November 30, 2021
Even in years without a global pandemic, many people find the holidays hectic, stressful, exhausting, or depressing. According to the American Psychological Association, 44% of women and 33% of men surveyed feel stressed during the holidays. This can trigger the Holiday Blues, feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress. On the opposite end of the spectrum, this is also a time where individuals may become acutely aware of their loneliness or feelings of grief over the loss of a loved one.
The Holiday Blues can happen to anyone, at any age. There are many things happening around the holidays that can act as triggers. The holidays can be particularly difficult for those living with mental illness, according to a recent survey, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 24% of individuals with a diagnosed mental illness reported that the holidays make their condition “a lot” worse, and 40% reported it to be “somewhat worse”.
Managing the feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression can seem overwhelming, but there are many simple tips that can help. The first step is to identify the trigger of your distress, is it financial? Nostalgia? Upcoming visits with family? If the feelings become overwhelming, it is best to seek help from a behavioral health professional or your doctor. Today, this is more convenient than ever - with telehealth enabling access to mental health support from the comfort of your own home.
What are some tips to help overcome Holiday Blues?