ANXIOUS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: THE IMPACT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON ON ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

The holiday season evokes something different in everyone. Some people experience a childlike elation, enjoying the well-wishes and whimsy of the season. Others look forward to time spent with family, the freedom to check out of work and surround themselves with those they love. However, for many people, the holidays are a major trigger for anxiety and depression.

There are many reasons why the holiday season may have a negative impact on one’s mental health: grieving the loss of a loved one, stressful family relationships, and financial hardship are just a few. People also tend to overextend themselves during the holiday season—volunteer work, party planning, hosting guests, saying yes to every “help needed” request at your child’s school, attending every holiday party you’re invited to. These commitments can be emotionally, physically and financially exhausting! Furthermore, the holidays often change our diet and sleeping patterns, which can exacerbate anxiety and depression even more. It’s a perfect mental health storm, and it can be hard to find a safe harbor.

Sometimes, the anxiety of the holiday season is unavoidable. The holidays are everywhere we look: online, in magazines, on TV, and in every store. It can, however, help to engage in healthy activities, such as nutritious eating, exercise and making sure you’re getting plenty of sleep at night.

For those who experience severe anxiety or depression all year round, it’s important not to let the holiday season interrupt your normal mental healthcare routine. Many mental healthcare providers admit that they see a significant increase in missed appointments or unfulfilled prescriptions during the holiday season. Making a commitment to your mental health and overall wellness is the best gift you can give to yourself this season.

For those who experience extreme symptoms of anxiety during the holiday season—nausea, abdominal pain, accelerated heartbeat, or dizziness—please speak with your primary care provider. Your doctor can help assess your symptoms and determine whether you are a candidate for anti-anxiety medications, psychotherapy or ketamine infusions.

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