Mental Health At The Holidays

I found a few practical helpful articles that I’d like to share with you about mental illness and the holidays, dealing with death at the holidays, and simple ways to enjoy the holidays. We all have different needs throughout the year and these tend to get highlighted during the holidays. Hope you find some good takeaways here.

Helping Someone With Mental Illness Through The Holidays – Chances are good that someone you love may have a form of mental illness during the holidays, either this year or some other time. It could be a young child with a behavior disorder, an uncle dealing with depression after his lost job, or a cousin managing PTSD upon returning from military deployment.

If you know this in advance, you can make a few adjustments and add some flexibility to your holiday routine to include these people with love. This article outlines some considerations to make so your holiday time with them can be enjoyable while recognizing and respecting their needs.

Holidays After The Death of a Loved One – This one hits home for everyone at some point. Our first Christmas after my grandma’s death was certainly more emotional than many other holidays had been. She had some minor dementia and we knew she didn’t have many years left. The fact that she lived into her mid-90’s didn’t make us feel any better when we all felt the heaviness of her absence. Still, the years have made things easier and we can laugh about the funny heartwarming stories now.

Death and loss are always tough on families. No matter how old that person was, how much or little suffering occurred, or how prepared they might have been for their own eventual death, the holidays make it tough to ignore the loss of a loved one. This article highlights some of the things we did (intentional or not) after my grandma’s death. I hope they help you, too.

7 Simple Ways To Enjoy The Holidays – Sometimes the simplest things are the most enjoyable. One really great way to relieve stress is to give to others. It’s a lot easier to let go of your frustrations when you are busy making someone else’s day better. I also like the idea of leaving little “love notes” in people pockets or around the house to tell your family how much you care about them. Try a few of these and have a little joy without spending any money.

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    Last reviewed: 20 Dec 2012

APA Reference
Krull, E. (2012). Enjoy The Holidays – Helping Yourself And Others. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 31, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/family/2012/12/enjoy-the-holidays-helping-yourself-and-others/

 

 

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