The holidays are a time to be happy and celebrate family, or at least that’s what society would have us believe. However, there are many reasons that this time of year might be difficult for someone. If you struggle with mental health and happen to find the holidays stressful, you’re not alone. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse. So what can you do to take care of yourself and minimize your stress during this time of year? Below are a few tips to consider. 

Dealing with mental health issues can be stressful and the holidays are often difficult times for those struggling with anxiety, depression, and grief issues. If you or someone you know is struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. 
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is a free, 24-hour hotline, at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).