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Volume 24 Issue 3

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Mental Health Tips When Coping with the Holiday Blues

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December 2023

There is much to look forward to during the holiday season. Family gatherings, community
events and holiday-themed activities can quickly fill your calendar.
But if you feel anxious as the holiday season approaches, you are not alone. A survey from
BetterHelp reported nearly half of Americans were worried about their mental health during
the holiday season last year. While others look forward to festivities with friends and family,
some may experience worsened stress, anxiety and depression this winter.
While the holiday season is a time to spread cheer, individual circumstances can burden mental
health and well-being around the holidays. According to a poll from the American Psychiatric
Association, more than half of healthcare workers say their stress generally increases during the
holidays. Younger adults are also consistently more likely than older adults to be anxious about
social and family dynamics during the holidays.
There are steps that can be taken to help manage mental well-being and contribute to a more
enjoyable holiday season.
Maintain healthy habits
With schools releasing students for winter break, families traveling to visit each other, and
social events and activities taking place in the community, it’s possible to fall out of a healthy
routine from changes in your schedule. Maintaining healthy habits during the holiday
season–such as a consistent sleep schedule and regular exercise–can help relieve some of the
Connect with others
Staying in touch with friends and family can help improve your ability to recover from stress,
anxiety and depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, social
connection with others can positively affect mental health, foster a sense of community and
belonging, and promote healthy habits. Focusing on strengthening relationships with others can
contribute to a more cheerful season–especially if feeling isolated or lonely.
Celebrate positives
While family relationships can be complicated, it’s important to celebrate loved ones and
Accomplishments from the year. While you may experience feelings of pressure from others or
yourself during this season of social gatherings, focusing on what brings you joy can help to
relieve some of the stress.
The holidays can also be a time to reflect. With new year’s resolutions approaching, celebrating
progress and achievements from the past year can help you look forward to next year. With
these positives in mind, the holiday season might become a more enjoyable experience.
Twenty-one percent of adults are experiencing a mental illness, equivalent to over 50 million
Americans, according to a 2023 report from Mental Health America. The holidays may worsen
feelings of anxiety and depression for some individuals.
This season can be different by maintaining healthy habits and prioritizing positive relationships
with others.
– Kristen Evans-Hardy, LMSW, is a Program Director at Southwest Behavioral Health Services.

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