Westmont, Illinois - Date Issued: December 5, 2023
For many, the holidays can be the most difficult time of the year. A 2021 survey showed that 60% of all Americans feel their mental health is negatively impacted by the holidays. So if you find yourself feeling anxious for the holidays, you are certainly not alone. Below are a few holiday mental health tips shared from the NAMI website: nami.org/help
Accept Your FeelingsThe holidays can bring up a range of emotions for people. Sometimes you can even experience seemingly contradictory emotions all at once. Try your best to acknowledge and accept your emotions rather than place judgment on them. It’s OK to feel happy; it’s OK to feel sad; it’s even OK to feel both happy and sad. Give yourself compassion and allow yourself to sit with whatever you’re feeling.
Maintain Healthy HabitsFor many people, the holidays lead to a massive disruption in your day-to-day routine. But maintaining healthy habits like going to therapy, getting enough sleep and exercising are critical to keeping your mental health on track.
Set BoundariesPeople like to be generous during the holidays, but that generosity doesn’t have to come at the expense of having healthy boundaries. If hosting an event or buying an expensive gift is too stressful, it’s OK to say no. It’s also OK to limit the time you spend with family that you may have a complicated dynamic with.
Make Time To ConnectMeaningful connections are critical to our mental health. Make time for your important relationships and connect with yourself through self-care. You can even connect with loved ones who are no longer with you through a family tradition or a personal remembrance ritual.
If you, or someone you know, are struggling with a mental health concern and in need of assistance, please call 9-8-8. And be sure to call 9-1-1 if there is a mental health crisis in which a person’s safety is at risk.
For additional information, feel free to check out the holiday mental health resources below.
NAMI Help Resources