For some people, the holidays cause more stress and anxiety, especially for those recovering or struggling with mental health issues.
There are a variety of reasons why your vacation may not be happy. It could be the busy social calendar, deadlines at work, the loss of a loved one, winter days without sunshine, or all of the above.
According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, people say their stress increases during the holiday season, which can lead to physical illness, depression, anxiety, and even substance abuse.
Experts say mental health is just as important as your physical health checkups. It should be treated like anything else you seek help with when it comes to you and your body.
Experts say it’s good to accept these feelings of sadness and stress.
Once you do, it will be easier to approach them.
“There’s something very powerful that happens when we name our emotions,” said mental health professional and professor Dr. Peace Amadi. “When we recognize what we’re going through, it unlocks a part of the brain that begins to enter healthy problem solving.”
There are ways to prepare ourselves and hopefully deflect some of the heightened stress of the holidays. It is important to realize that we have more control than we think. However, it is equally important to realize that even if we put these ideas into practice and continue to feel overwhelmed or depressed, professional help is available.
KVUE has listed mental health resources for anyone seeking help:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free 24/7 helpline for people in distress or emotional crisis. Dial 1-800-273-8255 to speak to a qualified auditor.
- Crisis Text Line: MHA Text 741-741
Crisis Text Line provides free, confidential text support to people in emotional distress or crisis. It is available 24/7. Text “MHA” to 741-741 for assistance.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
The SAMHSA National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365 day a year referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
For more information, click here.
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