The holiday season is upon us, and this time of year has many experiencing mixed feelings. Some are overjoyed by the season, from wrapping presents to place under the tree to building gingerbread houses. But not everyone shares that sentiment. Many people experience the “holiday blues” which is increased feelings of loneliness and anxiety around the holiday season. Many factors can contribute to this including not being able to spend time with the ones you love, increased stress at work, and financial strain. In fact, according to Cedars-Sinai, 1 in 5 adults will experience anxiety or depression and this can be amplified by the holidays.
So what can you do if you or a loved one is experiencing this? Unfortunately, there is no right answer for how to work through this, but there are ways to find joy during this tough time:
Create a close network.
No person is an island, and we all need a strong support system. If you find yourself alone for the holidays or looking for a network of people to lean on to get through this tough time, then reach out to friends, colleagues, and family members. If you can’t find someone in your immediate circle, look elsewhere! Find friends on couchsurf or meetup, or join Facebook groups with people who share similar interests.
Your mental health matters, especially during the holiday season. While this season brings about many emotions, let’s remember to take things day by day, and look for the little joys in life. Trust us, they are there ;)