By On November 9th, 2011

Staying Healthy During the Holidays

The holiday season can be a mixed bag for a person living with a psychiatric illness. We all look forward to the holiday joys of spending time with family, attending seasonal parties and even the holiday shopping experiences. But, the holiday season also can bring high stress as people take on too much activity, experience old conflicts with family and friends and experience some old patterns of thinking and emotional states which are less than positive. The person living with a psychiatric illness or a dual diagnosis may find they are unable to cope with the holiday stress. We know that the forthcoming season can trigger a relapse and place the person in a difficult crisis situation.

There are ways to stay mentally healthy during the holiday season. Here are a few ideas:

If you encounter difficulties, don’t decide to wait until the holidays are over. Seek the help and support you need when facing the holiday season. And, do enjoy what is healthy fun with family and friends.

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