There is nothing wrong with stress, as I may point it out. Stress is a good thing because it keeps you pumping. It allows you to get things done, help with your mental alertness, and even make you understand your best life decisions. So why do most people see it differently than I do? Well, I learned things the hard way. Because as much I want to look at stress positively, there are still moments in my life that I hate everything about it.
Most times, I just need to calm down and relax for a little bit when I am stressed out. That is how I get rid of my unwanted anxiousness. I can say I am pretty much good at that coping strategy as it immediately helps me get back on my senses. However, I still feel emotionally and mentally exhausted when dealing with stress, especially when it is the holiday season. Yes, holidays make me feel like I am about to lose myself due to the many things I need to worry about.
So you think that holidays are all about relaxation? Well, hell no! Holidays are about pressure, expectations, and unlimited errands. You might disagree with me on this, but I certainly know that at the back of your mind, you are also having second thoughts on how you realistically picture holiday seasons. To make things clear for you and save you from confusion, here are the frequently asked questions about holiday depression that might interest you to know.
What is the most depressing Holiday?
The most depressing Holiday is called Blue Monday. It is the name given to a day in January, typically the third Monday of the month. The concept of Blue Monday was first published in a 2005 press release from a certain company, which claimed to have premeditated the probability using a reliable “equation.”
How do holidays affect mental health?
Holidays are the most fun and exciting moment for most people. However, 24% of these individuals living with a mental illness insist that the holidays make their health symptoms a lot worse as specific things in the holidays add feelings of sadness and dissatisfaction. All the pressure of preparation, planning, financial state, and relationship issues makes it harder for individuals to stay well.
What causes holiday stress?
Holiday stress is very common to people, especially those exposed and fond of social gatherings and preparations. There is the constant requirement to attend every party, the pressure of always trying to please everyone, cramming of buying things at the last minute, the struggle in finding the right place to spend with, and a lot more. And when you add the travel, financial burden, and visiting family members, stress can start to pile up all of a sudden.
How do you beat the Christmas blues?
Holidays are not that exciting and fun. There are things involved in it that can cause too much stress and anxiety. To beat that pressure, you have to start with a concrete plan for your Holiday. Remember not to exert too much effort to avoid sudden disappointments. Be brave to handle all your fears and accept that things sometimes do not go on your way. Get active, watch what you eat, always stay positive, be self-less, and perk up your social life.
How do I deal with holiday anxiety?
Coping with holiday stress can be a lot harder than you think. But do not worry. There are ways you can manage those unwanted holiday anxiety. Focus on your health first. Exercise and eat a well-balanced diet. Holiday preparations can be extremely toxic, so make sure you get enough rest from time to time. It would be the best opportunity to consider visiting some of your friends and relatives and spend time with them. Use the calendar to plan specific days for certain activities such as baking, cooking, shopping, and visiting friends. But of course, be realistic with your budget.
How do you survive the mental holidays?
To survive the Holiday with your mental health still intact, you need to consider certain things. First, acknowledge your feelings. If you are exhausted and tired, rest for a while. Do not put too much pressure on things that are not that important. Stick to a budget. Do not force yourself to buy things you don’t necessarily need for the holidays. Always learn to say no when it comes to damaging routines such as binge drinking or eating. Do not abandon your healthy habits for the sake of a one-time celebration. If things get out of control, do not hesitate to reach out for help.
What is Holiday blue?
Holiday Blue refers to the strong feelings of sadness and loneliness throughout the holiday season, typically during November and December. Mental health issues such as depression hit hard after a period of intense emotion and stress. Often, it gets misinterpreted as exhaustion. However, it manifests the same characteristic symptoms of an anxiety or mood disorder such as low-energy, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and anxiousness.
Why is it essential to prioritize your mental health during the holidays?
You can do exciting things during the Holiday, and often it can make you feel out of control. So to balance things out, you need to prioritize your mental health to avoid further complications. It would be best to encourage overall health and wellness to maintain a work-life balance. Take advantage of your simple choices and always stick with what’s beneficial for your health.
How can I relax during the holidays?
Holidays can be very stressful and toxic. To relax during these days, start with solitude. You can breathe, reframe, and redirect your negative energy to the positive one. You can interact with your family and friends that you haven’t seen in a while and get in touch with them and listen to the changes in their lives. Make the holidays a time to strengthen relationships. Go outside, practice intentional gratitude, and reflect.
Holidays are still great, do not get me wrong. I am not trying to ruin your outlook over one of the most enjoyable moments in your life. But let’s be honest here. For some people who have many things to do during the holiday season, stress is inevitable. And sometimes, due to certain expectations and failed attempts to make things work, the whole enthusiasm can runoff. Therefore we can conclude that even the most loved holiday season is not exempted from a messy and stressful situation.