Looking after Mental Health over the holidays

  • December 15, 2023

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.

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).