Mental Health During the Holidays

By FPL_RachaelN

The holidays are upon us. A time when many may experience more stress, anxiety and depression. This can be due to a number of reasons such as financial issues, numerous parties to attend, and not being with their loved ones. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines Holiday Blues as “temporary feelings of anxiety or depression during the holidays that can be associated with extra stress, unrealistic expectations or even memories that accompany the season.”

Remember to take extra care of yourself this holiday season. The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers the following tips to avoid the Holiday Blues:

  • Stick to your normal routines are much as possible
  • Get enough sleep
  • Take time for yourself, but don’t isolate yourself. Spend time with supportive, caring people
  • Eat and drink in moderation
  • Get exercise - even if it’s only taking a short walk
  • Make a to-do list. Keep things simple
  • Set reasonable expectations and goals for holiday activities
  • Set a budget for holiday activities
  • Listen to music or find other ways to relax

For more information and tips on the Holiday Blues and/or mental illness, visit Nami.org.

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