According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, “64% of people with mental illness report holidays making their conditions worse.” From Thanksgiving to New Years, individuals may experience what is known as the “Holiday Blues.” During this time, a person may experience sadness, loneliness, and stress. They may also experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. At times, people may reflect on painful thoughts such as those who have passed away and things they did not accomplish this year.
During the holiday’s, there are various reasons one may experience the Holiday blues. A person may have increased stressors which can result in decreased sleep. A person may also experience financial stress, struggling to afford gifts or food for the festive activities. Furthermore, especially this year, not being able to spend time with one’s friends and family may also lead to isolation and loneliness.
Here are 4 tips help manage the “Holiday Blues” :
1. Seek Help. Seek weekly individual therapy to help manage the various stressors during this time. Even if you want therapy just for the short-term, that’s okay!
2. Create a new tradition. While you may not be able to be with your family this year, develop a new tradition. For example, bake cookies virtually or make the same dish together virtually as you would have in person.
3. Do an activity you enjoy. While the holidays are often times spent with friends and family, make sure to spend time doing something you enjoy. Whether its reading a book, taking a walk, or enjoying your favorite movie, make sure to have some “Me” time.
4. Find a virtual activity. There are many virtual holiday activities and classes to do. For example, Painting with a Twist, Game night, and Quizzo. Search on Facebook, Google, or Meet up for upcoming events.