As many of us know, the holiday season is a time filled with joy and cheer, but it can also bring about feelings of stress, anxiety, guilt and even grief in some cases. In addition to being out of our usual routine due to hosting family or traveling, it can also be challenging to continue healthy habits. We might find ourselves surrounded by family and loved ones with different expectations or views of the world, and it is very easy to feel stressed in these situations. Below are some strategies to help when the holidays start to feel a bit overwhelming.
One of the best changes I have seen in the medical community since I joined as a physical therapist is recognizing the importance of mental health and its impact on all aspects of our lives. The pandemic has increased the overall prevalence of depression and depression-like symptoms. This increase has led to many new individuals being unsure of how to take care of their mental health. Even though it will take a qualified practitioner to diagnose a mental health disorder properly, there are a few things that you can do to help prioritize your mental health.