Therapist Urges Clients to Prioritize Mental Health During the Holiday Season
December 07, 2022 at 08:00 AM EST
The holidays are generally perceived as a happy and joyous time. However, it may also be a time of difficult reflection, stress, loneliness, anxiety, and depression for certain people. With a change in lifestyle and social support, holiday blues can be manageable.
Brooklyn,United States - December 7, 2022 /NewsNetwork/ —
The holidays are typically perceived as a happy and joyous time. However, it may also be a time of difficult reflection, stress, loneliness, anxiety, and depression for certain people. During this hectic season, even those who like the holidays may feel down. Many individuals may feel overwhelmed and worn out since holidays are frequently a time of intense emotion and obligations. With a change in lifestyle and social support, holiday blues can be manageable.
Teresa Thompson, a LGBTQ-affirming psychotherapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, uses cognitive behavioral therapy with patients to uncover thought patterns that negatively impact feelings of sadness and depression. This method helps her patients replace those damaging thoughts with more constructive ones. Those feeling holiday blues can find out more about Teresa’s services and treatment approaches at https://teresathompsonlcsw.com/.
The holiday blues are a seasonal condition that can affect people from Thanksgiving through New Year’s due to high expectations, loneliness, and stress. Most of the time, symptoms are temporary, but if they persist for longer than two weeks, they may be problematic and may cause clinical anxiety and/or depression. Other emotions linked to the holiday blues are frustration, fatigue, tension, the feeling of loss, and the feeling of being alone.
While holiday blues is not the same as mental illness, it is still important to treat it properly. It can have an adverse effect on those who already have a mental condition. And though an expert can assist you to overcome your holiday blues, they can also be avoided or lessened in a variety of ways.
Here are some ways to lessen the holiday blues:
– Keep things simple and make a to-do list
– Take nutritious foods, stay active, and get enough sleep
– Say “no” more often to too many obligations that make you feel overburdened
– Make time to unwind and spend some time on yourself
– Show kindness to others
It may be necessary to seek a professional’s help to manage your mental health throughout the holidays and throughout the entire year. Finding practical ways to manage your mental health might be started by seeking professional mental health assistance. Take the first step and set up a time to talk by scheduling an initial phone consultation with Teresa Thompson by clicking on this link: https://calendly.com/teresa-lcsw/initial-phone-consultation?month=2022-08
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