The holidays are a time for celebration, but for many the holiday season can become overwhelming and lead to depression, anxiety, and feelings of loneliness, fatigue and a sense of loss. Part of this is simply the extra stress, unrealistic expectations or even sentimental memories that accompany the holiday season. A survey by Mental Health America on the most common stressors during the holidays revealed:
- Finances are the most common source of holiday stress (40%). Parents are more stressed than all other demographic groups by finances (51%), and females (45%) are more likely than men to feel stressed by finances.
- 37 percent of Americans feel stressed by memories of a loved one who passed away.
- Having too much to do causes stress for 34% of people during the holidays. Parents are more stressed than any other demographic group by having what they feel is “too much to do” (43%).
BHSB has created a Tips for Good Health & Wellness During the Holidays flier for you to share with your loved ones and clients during this holiday season. This document is easy to hang on your wall, refrigerator or even in an office and allows for a quick and simple reminder of ways to stay healthy this holiday season.
For more information on staying healthy this holiday season please click on any of the following links.
NAMI discusses the “holiday blues” and tips to keep them at bay during the season of joy!
Hazeldn Betty Ford Foundation offers helpful tips for staying sober, avoiding relapse, and preventing the holiday blues.
If at any time you or a loved one need help for mental illness or substance use please call the Crisis Information & Referral Line, 410-433-5275, open 24/7, 365 days a year.
Be sure to check back in January for our tips on good health and wellness year round as we kick off 2017.