Holiday stress can be a serious concern for many of us in any given year, but especially in 2020. It’s no secret this year has been both chaotic and isolating. Unfortunately, the year-end festivities can compound this. That said, keeping a firm control over your emotional well-being at this time can be a very good thing. Fortunately, there are many ways to go about doing this. Check out these ways to manage your mental health when holiday depression begins to set in.
When someone you care about is struggling with mental health, it’s only natural to want to offer some form of advice or wisdom. However, the fact is that even with the best intentions in mind, speaking to someone about their struggles can be a challenge.
Everyone expects having a baby to be a joyous time for a growing family, but that isn’t always the case. In fact, anywhere from 50-85% of women experience baby blues after giving birth, and 7-8% of women develop Postpartum Depression, otherwise known as PPD. Bringing home a newborn often means less sleep while also taking on more responsibility. It’s no wonder so many women experience the baby blues during this time with symptoms including mood swings, irritability, insomnia, and anxiousness.
Having a baby and growing your family is a beautiful thing, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Bringing home your newborn is a joyful occasion, but it can also cause anxiety and trigger mood swings. Experiencing the “baby blues” after childbirth is common, and typically lasts anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. This can include difficulty sleeping, crying fits, and experiencing anxiety or other mood swings. For some women, however, it takes a much more serious form as postpartum depression.
While everyone will experience loss at some point in their lives — whether it’s the death of a family member, friend, or pet, a divorce, or job loss — the way they process and cope with their grief varies from person to person. Grief is a normal response and the emotional suffering you may feel following a loss. The emotions may range from anger to sadness to guilt to disbelief and can even take a negative toll on physical health. But by incorporating the healthy coping techniques that we include below, in time, you’ll be able to process your grief and find the motivation to keep going while still honoring your loved one.
Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating love and romance — couples shower each other with chocolates, flowers, and gifts and remind their partners that they are loved. However, if your “happily-ever-after” recently ended and you are going through a divorce or a hard breakup, the holiday can be especially difficult.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression share a lot of the same symptoms and may even be diagnosed together, but is PTSD actually a form of depression? The short answer is no.
To some, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. But for others, especially those that suffer from mental illnesses, this festive time can make daily life even harder for a variety of reasons. Busy schedules, excessive spending, and stressful family interactions take their toll.