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Christmas Season Quest Counseling Discusses the Significance of Mental Wellness

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, December 14, 2022 5:41 am

RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – Quest Counseling emphasizes how the holiday blues play a significant role in people’s life and how the holidays are an excellent occasion to embrace spending extra time with family and friends while checking on their well-being.

For some, the holidays are the happiest time of year. Others may find it difficult and stressful. Moments such as this time of year can ignite and precipitate a mental health crisis.

Anxiety and despair are frequently unpleasant guests throughout the Christmas season. And, as we all prepare for the celebrations, others will be prepared for “stress season,” with Christmas shopping, food preparation, school grades, college applications, and family debates.

According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of persons reported an increase in stress over the Christmas season, which can result in physical sickness, despair, anxiety, and drug abuse.

Despite the fact that these emotions are typical, there are strategies to deal and numerous services accessible.

Ana de La Maza, a family therapist, discussed how those who are battling with their mental health might get through the Christmas season.

“Here at Quest, we offer crisis services 24/7 whether you are a client or not. You can give us a call and we will help you navigate the crisis whether it is over the phone, or here at the agency in person. Whether it is a crisis for you, for your child, your teenager or for a loved one.”

These practical techniques will help you reduce the stress that comes with the holidays, and you could even wind up enjoying them more than you expected:

1. Acknowledge your feelings: If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones for other reasons, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief.

2. Reach out: If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events or communities. Many may have websites, online support groups, social media sites or virtual events. They can offer support and companionship.

3. Be realistic: The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones.

4. Set aside differences: Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. Be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.

5. Stick to a budget: Before you do your gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.

6. Take a breather: Make some time for yourself. Find an activity you enjoy and take a break. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may freshen up to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

7. Seek professional help if you need it: Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.

If you or a loved one is facing a mental health crisis, call the 988 crisis helpline or contact Quest Counseling.

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