COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS
Coping with the Holidays
The holidays can be a joy-filled season, but they can also be stressful and especially challenging for those impacted by a mental health condition.
A NAMI National study showed that 64% of people with a mental health condition report holidays make their conditions worse.
For individuals and loved ones coping with mental health challenges, the holiday season can be a lonely or stressful time, filled with anxiety and/or depression. If you're living with a mental health condition, stress can also contribute to worsening symptoms.
NAMI Maryland has collected several resources that you may find helpful as we navigate the holidays.
NAMI and NAMI Maryland Resources:
- Coping with the Holidays When There is Mental Illness
- Avoiding Holiday Stressors: Tips for a Stress Free Season
- Managing Your Mental Health During the Holidays
- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
- What Should I Gift My Loved One with a Mental Illness?
- Surviving Painful Holiday Emotions
- Beat Back the Holiday Blues
- Navigating the Winter and Holiday Blues (Recording)
- Minorities and Mental Health: Handling Grief During the Holidays (Recording)
Additional Articles and Resources:
- Guide to Managing Mental Health Around the Holidays published by McLean Hospital
- Nine Keys to a Resilient Holiday published by Psychology Today
- Seasonal Affective Disorder by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): More than Winter Blues by NIMH
- De-Stress with These 6 Strategies, Just in Time for the Holidays by CNET