Holidays Can Be Hard When You’re Living with Mental Illness

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Living with a mental illness is challenging, especially during the holiday season. See 6 big challenges and learn how to deal with them on HealthyPlace.

Holidays Can Be Hard When You’re Living with Mental Illness

The holiday season isn’t like a magical TV movie. In the real world, the holidays can be challenging, especially if you’re living with mental illness. Some aspects of the holidays that can be particularly difficult when you are facing any type of mental health challenge include:

Whatever you are struggling with during the holiday season, here are some ways to deal with it.

  • Come up with a few brief lines ahead of time so you can respond to unwanted comments calmly and neutrally. Try something like, “Just knowing I have your support is helpful.”
  • Pick and choose where you’ll go and with whom you’ll spend time.
  • Give yourself permission to leave gatherings before you are overwhelmed.
  • Volunteer in your community to decrease loneliness.
  • Regularly practice deep breathing and mindfulness to calm anxiety and stress.
  • Give yourself permission to spend time alone, and balance that with tolerable holiday festivities.

The holiday season can be rough. If you have a mental illness, know what is the most difficult for you, and take measures to minimize the challenges.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Do you have helpful advice for those who are struggling with mental health issues this holiday season? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. How to Help a Depressed Friend, Family Member at the Holidays
  2. Self-Harm Secrets: Having Your Self-Harm 'Outed'
  3. What Appears to Be Mental Health Stigma Might Be Self-Care

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


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Peterson, T. (2019, November 25). Holidays Can Be Hard When You’re Living with Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 16 from

Last Updated: November 26, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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