Not So Holly Jolly: What To Do When Your Holidays Aren’t Happy

For many people, the holidays aren’t quite as happy a time as everyone expects them to be. Whether it’s due to mental health struggles, family issues, traumatic situations, or any other number of factors, the holidays can be an incredibly stressful time. If you’re struggling this holiday season, here are a few tips that may be able to help improve your seasonal issues as well as long-term problems.

Identify The Problem

Everyone’s situation is different when it comes to holiday anxiety and depression. Do you find yourself fretting over having to see distant relatives? Does your mood worsen with the shorter and darker days of winter? Identifying what specific parts of the holidays are stressful for you can be an incredibly helpful way to manage holiday emotional and psychological concerns.

Be Open About Your Struggles

Making sure that you understand your own struggles is one thing; however, it’s just as important for the people in your life to understand what you are going through. If you’re not comfortable sharing the details of your situation with your family and friends, that’s okay; just make sure you’re prepared to communicate that you are currently struggling. It may also be helpful to have a list prepared of ways your loved ones can help you throughout the season. That way, when family and friends insist on contributing in some way, you’ll be able to provide them with methods that are actually useful and beneficial to your overall health.

Seek Out Professional Help

Not all mental health problems should be handled on your own, and in fact, attempting to handle them privately without additional therapy services can hold you back in your own personal growth. Psychotherapy, while often intimidating and misunderstood, is a powerful tool for those experiencing stressful mental health problems both around the holiday season and otherwise.

Though it varies depending on the situation, psychotherapy treatments for depression usually last 10-20 weeks. If your psychiatrist or psychologist recommend medication, experts recommend giving the medication four to six weeks to take full effect. Talking to a trained professional can not only help you get through a stressful holiday season, but it can help you manage your day-to-day psychological health as well.

The holidays can be a stressful time for people everywhere, but there are methods available for conquering this difficult time of year. If you’re in need of additional assistance or would like more information about therapy, contact Pax Renewal Center today.

April 29, 2019

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