Whilst the holidays are traditionally seen as a time of celebration, festivities, and indulgence, we must also make time to focus on maintaining our mental health. Many people experience high levels of stress and anxiety during this period, whether it be from added financial pressure, extra demands on already-limited time, or reawakened memories of difficult experiences.
These feelings can make us feel isolated from all the good cheer but remember, you are not alone. Try to prioritize (re)connecting with people who are supportive and accepting, and cutting out unnecessary burdens such as cooking for a large group and taking on extra work or volunteering shifts.
As the number of holiday events ramps up, it is important to continue to make time for the activities that maintain our mental health throughout the rest of the year. These could include meeting friends, taking walks in nature, and practicing self-care.
If you are struggling with your mental health this season, it is important to speak about it to people you trust. You could also turn to professional help – here at Whittier Street Health Center, we offer a variety of behavioral health services that address the holistic needs of every patient. A new series of educational workshops, ‘The ABCs of Mental Health’, is beginning on Monday, December 18, 2023. Attendees will learn how to recognize symptoms of mental illness and also how to develop effective coping strategies.
For more information, please call: (617) 989-3009 or (617) 989-3224.