Mental Health During the Holidays

Dr. John Elgin Wilkaitis

Dr. John Elgin Wilkaitis completed medical school at The University of Mississippi Medical Center and residency in general psychiatry in 2003. He completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2005. Following this, he served as Chief Medical Officer for 10 years of Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare a private health system including a 105-bed hospital, residential treatment, and intensive outpatient services.

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The holidays are a joyous time of year, filled with celebrations and family gatherings. However, this time of year can be difficult for many people, leading to stress, depression, and other mental health issues. Whether it’s feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of gift-giving, dealing with the loneliness of being away from loved ones, or struggling with unresolved conflicts, the holidays can be difficult for many people. This blog post will discuss how to cope with mental health and offer strategies for managing your mental health and wellness during this festive time of year. 

Holidays Can Be a Stressful Time

The first step in taking care of your mental health is to permit yourself to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season. It may be hard to step away from your daily routine, but taking a few moments each day to do something you enjoy—watching a movie, reading a book, or just going for a walk—can help you find balance.

It’s also important to make sure you’re getting enough rest. During this time of year, many of us are running around trying to get everything is done, which can lead to exhaustion. Ensure you get enough sleep to feel refreshed and energized throughout the day.

Moreover, don’t forget to practice self-care. Taking time to do something that makes you feel good—whether it’s taking a bubble bath, going to the gym, or cooking something delicious.

By taking these simple steps, you can ensure that you are in a good state of mind during the holidays and beyond.

Planning Can Help Reduce Stress

The holidays are a time of joy and cheer for many, but they can also be stressful. Between the demands of work, family obligations, and shopping for presents, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. That’s why it’s important to plan when it comes to your mental health during the holidays.

Here are a few tips to help you stay calm and stress-free during the holiday season:

  1. Set realistic expectations. Don’t overcommit to activities or events you can’t handle. Make a list of what you can reasonably accomplish and stick to it.
  2. Give yourself a break. Take time out to relax and enjoy yourself. Try taking a leisurely walk or watching your favorite movie.
  3. Connect with friends and family. Find time to connect with people who make you feel loved and supported. If possible, spend some quality time with them in person.
  4. Practice healthy habits. Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of sleep, and exercise regularly. These healthy habits will keep your energy up and reduce stress levels.
  5. Seek professional help if needed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or depressed, don’t hesitate to reach out for help from a mental health professional.

Following these tips can help ensure that your holidays are as stress-free as possible. Remember that you don’t have to do it alone – lean on your support system and ask for help when needed. You can have a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season with a little planning. 

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

The holiday season tends to be a challenging time for many people. Between the stress of the season, financial strain, and the hustle and bustle of family gatherings, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Unfortunately, this often leads to feelings of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

If you feel overwhelmed this holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Whether it’s talking to a close friend or family member, seeking professional counseling, or joining a support group, many resources can help you manage your mental health.

For those struggling with depression or anxiety, having someone to talk to can make all the difference. Make sure to find someone who is supportive and understanding and won’t judge your feelings. Many times, just having someone to vent to can help lift some of the burdens off your shoulders.

Regardless of your situation, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength and courage. The holiday season can be difficult, but with the right support and resources, you can get through it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help; it could make all the difference. 

Take Time for Yourself

 Mental health is important all year round, but taking care of yourself during the holidays can be especially important.

Whether you’re attending holiday parties, shopping for gifts, or just trying to manage the season’s stress, make sure to take time for yourself. Taking a few moments to unwind and do something you enjoy can improve your mental well-being.

You may consider setting aside a small amount of time each day to practice self-care. This could include listening to music, reading a book, taking a walk, or even taking a nap. Allowing yourself to step away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and focus on what makes you feel happy and relaxed can make all the difference in your mental state.

Staying connected to friends and family is also another effective way of managing one’s mental health. Being around the people you love and care about can provide a much-needed sense of security and stability.

Seek Professional Help if Needed

The holidays can be a joyous time of year but can also bring stress and anxiety. For many, the added stress and pressure of family gatherings and holiday festivities can be too much to bear. If you feel overwhelmed or struggling with your mental health during the holidays, it’s important to seek professional help.

Talking to a qualified mental health professional can help you manage your emotions and feelings better. They can provide valuable guidance and resources for managing difficult feelings, developing strategies for dealing with challenging situations, and understanding how to cope with emotions.

Your doctor, therapist, or mental health provider can also offer advice on how to make the holidays more enjoyable. They can recommend relaxation techniques, physical activities, and other healthy coping skills to help reduce stress and make the holidays more enjoyable.

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