The festive season is a busy time for everyone. Spending time with family, friends, and colleagues can be a great way to get in the Christmas spirit, but it also has the potential to be difficult if someone is struggling with a mental health disorder.
This can be a difficult time of year for many people. It’s a time that only comes once a year, which means that there’s no escaping from it. That said, there are ways to make the festive season a bit more tolerable. Whether it’s coping mechanisms to deal with the social aspect of the festive season or tips for improving your general mood, this blog post will help prepare you for this tough time of year.
Why are people with a mental health disorder more at risk during this time of year?
The festive season can be an especially difficult time for people who are at risk of mental health disorders. Increased alcohol consumption, weight gain, sleep deprivation, and financial stress can all contribute to this increased risk.
Festivals and celebrations are even more stressful for women. As most women take the forefront and handle the organizing and taking care of the traditions, rituals, customs that are carried on during this time, also the preparation of food, cleaning the house and decorating it are overseen by them in many traditional Indian settings. Though many enjoy it, this may also take a toll on women’s health and this is something we hardly consider.
It’s not always easy to cope with the demands of socializing. Sometimes it can feel like there’s no time for anything other than work or family. Social prescribing is a way of using existing resources to reduce stress, isolation, and anxiety. It could involve visiting your GP, seeing your psychotherapist or engaging with friends and family.
Coping tips for the festive season
During the holidays, some people feel their mood worsen as they overindulge. This holiday season, especially with the pandemic and loss of many loved ones, sadness, anxiety, and depression may be rampant.
Whether you’re feeling pressure to be joyful or another negative emotion, take a break from technology and try one of these coping tips to beat the lows around the festive season.
On top of battling depression beforehand, ringing in the holiday season may deepen it for some people. From using coping tips to make it through the season to checking in with loved ones, there are ways to get through this difficult time.
While feelings of anxiety and stress can often get the better of some people, according to Alford you can combat those low spirits with certain coping tips. Here are some approaches to dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression around this time of the year.
Acknowledge and address your feelings
. If you avoid whatever it is you’re feeling, that will not solve the problem but postpone it. For example, if someone close to you has passed away recently or if you’re having a relationship issue with your mother, friend or brother – it’s absolutely normal to not be in the mood for celebration and fun. You don’t have to force yourself to be happy just because you think the time of the year demands it.
Rejoice in the now and be genuine
With holiday stress, don’t try to compare yourself to prior years–you are always changing! For happiness inspiration year-round, consider one of their free workshops. When you feel stressed, unplug from social media and apps to be present for this time of year. It may seem like a good idea to document your holidays for Instagram, but in reality, it can make you feel pressured and anxious. Prioritize the moments with friends and family over any opportunities to snap a picture. Remember that documenting everything does not mean anything is better!
Don’t say yes when you really mean no
Overwhelmed? free yourself from peer pressure and try to set some boundaries, don’t feel pressured to overindulge, and remember that self-care is important. This is the time to take care of yourself. It’s so easy to get caught up in the holiday season and forget about yourself. But this is arguably the most important time of year to be self-care-oriented. Don’t focus on everyone else and their needs, take some time for yourself. This is the perfect time to catch up on your favorite television shows or watch a movie, read a book or spend some time doing things that make you happy.