Protecting Holiday Mental Health
In the 1965 cartoon A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown laments the commercialism and stress of the Christmas season to budding psychologist, Lucy. She is able to relate with her own sentiments: “I know how you feel about all this Christmas business, getting depressed and all that. It happens to me every year. I never get what I really want. I always get a lot of stupid toys or a bicycle or clothes or something like that.” Protecting Holiday mental health is, unfortunately, not a new topic. Be proactive and take a few words of wisdom from this Town&Country article.
A perfect world sees the holiday season filled with love, warmth, and happiness. However, more often, it is crammed with stress, exhaustion, and panic. Here, we offer some advice on how to bring a little calm back to the festive season. How can we avoid the stress of the festive season?
I know it seems hard to believe, but we are, once again, fast approaching the holiday season.
Although millions of people across the United States and beyond are looking forward to the festivities, it can sometimes leave people feeling jaded and exhausted.
There are gifts to buy, family to visit, meals to cook, and events to plan and attend. Time is limited, money is tight, and the children won’t stop crying.
Many people have stressful lives before the added pressures of the holiday season; sometimes, the extra cognitive weight can make them buckle.
A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that people in the U.S. are likely to feel more stressed around the holidays rather than less.
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