Christmas is seen as a time of the year, filled with happiness. However, for some people, this time of year may be harder to bear. In this article, we will take a look at the effect Christmas has on mental health & what you can do to make it easier.
SAN DIEGO, CA, December 24, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Christmas is seen as a festive time of the year, filled with happiness, love, laughter, and family. However, for some people, this time of year may not be as joyful and may be harder to bear with. Different aspects may trigger different feelings. This may be the time where there is the most family tension present. Poor nutrition choices are also made around this time and even poor alcohol choices. Certain people may be lonely or isolated, not being able to experience Christmas like other families. This could be due to the loss of a loved one, lack of finances, or the location they are in.
However, being alone is not always the worst. Having a big family to cater for, decorations to handle, and parties to attend, may also take its toll on one’s mental health. Especially, if you just want to sit back and relax after a difficult and busy year. In this article, we will take a closer look at the effect Christmas has on your mental health and what you can do to make it easier for yourself. To find more ways to improve your health and well-being read some of the health-related reviews on Analyze That about what supplements you should consider adding into your diet.
What feelings does Christmas bring?
This may seem like a simple question, however, it is rather tricky. The media portrays this time of year as the happiest time filled with all the food you can think of, spending time with family and friends, and never not smiling. Yes, Christmas time is about positive, happy feelings, and many people do experience this. The feeling of being on holiday and getting a break from work is wonderful. You get time to see family and friends you haven’t seen in a while. Adding to this, you can sleep in, have that glass of wine, or even do something adventurous. The Christmas music, lights, and parties also bring about an exciting feeling. These are all seen as positive aspects for your mental health.
However, for many people, this is not the case. Unfortunately, certain aspects can make one feel gloomy when thinking, “Oh, it’s December”. Dad must get off from work, mom must plan the food, the children run wild – stress levels just skyrocket. Other than actually having something to do during the festive season and people to cater for, other people may be lonely. This can also add pressure and make one feel worse. Things like this can make you feel depressed, moody, anxious, isolated, it may even make you wish you could hide away until the next year.
Get a mind change – NOW!
The biggest thing is, you will only be happy once you are happy with yourself. The second biggest thing is to stop comparing yourself with the media’s image of what Christmas should be like and what other people are doing. It is understandable if you have lost someone in this time or something terrible happened to you or someone close to you. The great thing about us humans is that we can heal – we do not have to forget the past, but we can embrace the future.
Also, the thing about being alone during the festive season has been overly exaggerated as the worst thing possible. But it isn’t! This is the prime time for you to meet new people, get out of your comfort zone, or even volunteer and help those worse off than you. This could even be the time where you can pamper yourself and rest your body and mind. As seen in this article, being with many people or being alone will both have its ups and downs. How you handle each situation will depend on your mindset.
A few tips to help manage mental health during this season
You may feel a little stressed during the Christmas season, thus it is important to take care of yourself – body and mind.
– Drink alcohol in moderation – You may enjoy some alcohol, however, too much will leave you tired, irritated, and moody.
– Eat food in moderation – Try to keep your diet balanced and healthy. It will help prevent energy dips and a bad mood.
– Take a nap – Everyone needs to take a step back and just rest.
– Connect with people or volunteer to help others.
– Do a little exercise or take a walk outside – Fresh air can do wonders for the mind and body. You may even meet someone.
– Relax and enjoy the free time there is for you.
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