The holiday season is upon us. And while the holidays can be a time of great thanksgiving and joy, the season also presents us with added activities, events, pressures and expectations. The season can feel especially intense for those struggling with the loss of a loved one, a mental illness, a debilitating addiction, or the ‘holiday blues’.
LookUpIndiana.org offers a few resources to help you cope this holiday season, including:
- A Holiday Plan Worksheet: Navigate the season’s challenges after the death of a loved one.
- Mental illness: Coping with the Holidays: An article with tips for persons living with a mental illness, tips for family and friends, and tips for faith communities.
- What are the Holiday Blues?: What are they and how to avoid them.
- Holiday Mental Health Tips for Your Children: Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help you improve your family’s mental well-being this holiday season.
Remember, self-care is especially important during this time. Holidays don’t have to be “perfect” to be joyous. Joy can come from offering others gratitude. In an article published by Psychology Today, there are seven scientifically proven benefits of gratitude. Gratitude: 1) opens the doors to more relationships; 2) improves physical health; 3) improves psychological health; 4) enhances empathy and reduces aggression; 5) helps us sleep better; 6) improves self-esteem; and 7) increases mental strength.
Look Up is grateful for you! Thank you for joining us in talking about mental health. Together, we can “Start the conversation and silence the stigma.”