November 22, 2018

For many individuals experiencing mental illness, the holiday season is often a time when the symptoms heighten.

WHAT ARE THE HOLIDAY BLUES? The Holiday Blues are temporary feelings of anxiety and/or depression during the holidays that can be associated with extra stress, unrealistic expectations, or memories that accompany the season. 

TIPS FOR AVOIDING THE HOLIDAY BLUES: 

Don’t be perfect, Be you! – Set realistic expectations for yourself. Keep your plans and activities simple. 

Pace yourself. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year can all be busy times. Remember, the season lasts for weeks. Get organized, and break your preparations into small steps. 

Budget wisely. It is easy to buy on credit and ignore bills until after the holidays. Set your limits ahead of time. 

Take time out for yourself. Unwind and pamper yourself with a break from the action. Try relaxation techniques, meditation, deep-breathing exercises. 

Embrace Family and Friends. Look forward to reuniting with relatives this holiday. Cherish the time you spend with your loved ones and make an effort to be realized, positive and as cheerful as you can. But also know your limits when it comes to those who impact you negatively. 

Celebrate Safely! Give your body a gift this year by treating it with respect. 

ARE YOU IN CRISIS? DO YOU NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE? 

Call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 to be connected to local crisis services at any time. 

Pawnee Mental Health 24/7 crisis line- 1-800-609-2002