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I Need Some Tips to Get Through December

Dear Insight,

I hope you're well. I wanted to talk to you about something that's been on my mind lately, especially since December is here and, as you know, it's not my favorite time of year.

I know we've talked about this before, but I wanted to ask if you could offer me some specific tips to get through this -not so joyous for me- month.

Are there strategies or activities I could try to improve my mood? I'd love to hear your suggestions on how to approach the season more positively. I really appreciate your support and am open to any ideas you may have.

Thank you for always listening to me and providing me with your guidance.

Greetings,
Hannah


Dear Hannah,

Thanks for writing. I get what you’re saying. The weeks leading up to the Christmas holidays and the days of celebration marked in red on the calendar might involve a roller coaster of emotions that not all people can cope with well.

Yes, this is a time in which it seems that everyone has to be happy, but there is the paradox that not everyone manages to be happy. There are those who, far from smiling, feel overwhelmed or down.

All of this can affect our mental health, so it is important to follow a series of recommendations to get through this time of year without problems.

Consider these helpful tips to navigate Christmas while prioritizing your mental health.

  • It is important to try to understand your own needs at this time and support them from the perspective of respect and assertiveness.
  • Feeling overwhelmed or stressed is normal. Find private time, balance it with moments with loved ones, and avoid isolation. Balance activity with respecting your personal needs.
  • A good idea is to try to differentiate between what you want to do, and what you do out of obligation or social pressure.
  • Pause to find the positives, even during special occasions. Be honest with yourself and tune into your needs. To enjoy the holidays, prioritize a positive attitude. Do things that bring joy, even if they're different. Forget obligations, embrace empathy, and steer clear of conflict-inducing topics.
  • Spending time with loved ones is great if relationships are good. If there's conflict, celebrate with people you have a positive bond with—family or not. It could improve your mood.
  • When you're gearing up for the new year, it's important to cut yourself some slack. Instead of loading up on unrealistic goals, take a moment to look back on the past year and appreciate the wins and personal growth you've experienced.
  • Let go of unnecessary stress and don't be too hard on yourself about things that didn't go as planned. Remember, it's about progress, not perfection. You got this!

Here are some reputable sources that provide information and resources to help individuals dealing with Stress:

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.

Disaster Distress Helpline: CALL or TEXT 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish)

You can also contact The Samaritans for emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence. Call 116 123 - it's FREE.

For immediate assistance or if you are in crisis, please consider reaching out to the following hotlines:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741741

Remember that while these resources can provide valuable information, it's essential to consult with a mental health professional, such as a therapist or psychiatrist, for a personalized assessment and treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. The resources you choose may depend on the severity of your stress and your personal preferences. It's important to find the support that works best for you, whether that's through professional therapy, self-help tools, or a combination of approaches. If your stress is overwhelming or persistent, consider reaching out to a mental health professional for personalized guidance and support.

Disclaimer: The content on this website is for educational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice. Please consult with a qualified mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment.

If you or someone you know is in need of talking to a professional, contact us now to schedule your initial virtual session. You can call us at 888-409-8976 or click HERE to schedule it online.

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