The holidays can be filled with wonderful traditions, laughter, and special times with family. But for some, it can also trigger stress and depression.
Added to that, the shortened days can trigger seasonal affective disorder, further impacting motivation and energy levels, which makes it even harder to stop and regroup.
Trends all point toward a mental health crisis during a time when we’re all supposed to be happy. Or are we? The pandemic certainly hasn’t helped.
The most recent CDC pulse survey on anxiety and depression reports that 25.7% of adults in Florida are reporting symptoms of anxiety and 20.9% are reporting symptoms of depression.
A NAMI survey found that 24% of people living with a mental illness found that the holidays made their symptoms “a lot worse while 40% of people living with a mental illness found that the holidays made their symptoms “somewhat worse.”
And the U.S. Surgeon General recently issued an advisory on the youth mental health crisis that is further exposed by the pandemic.
We are here to remind you that it’s okay to not be okay. This month we offer tips on surviving the holidays and Syd Rhodes walks us through a body scan to listen to our bodies.
Our hope is that we can all have better mental health in the new year. See you in 2022.