Your Mental Wellness & the Holidays

— Written By Marcus McFarland and last updated by Elisabeth Purser
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Christmas TreeFor some, the holidays are known for feelings of joy, happiness, tradition, and positive reflections. But for many, the holidays can take a toll on our physical and mental wellness, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 64% of individuals with mental illness have reported its worsening during the holidays. Many common reasons, outlined by McLean Hospital, include grief and loss, lacking holiday spirit, limited sunlight during the winter months, feelings of isolation and loneliness, gift giving anxiety,  and a feeling expected to participate in holiday activities. Some wonderful suggestions from NAMI on managing the blues during the holiday season are recording gratitudes and giving thanks to your support, being realistic with yourself on your mood, setting boundaries with friends and family, schedule quality time with family and friends, eating well and exercising, get a good amount of sleep, taking time to practice self-care, and getting outside in the sunlight to collect that wonderful vitamin D that keeps your body running! This time of year can be difficult for our wellbeing, but being honest with ourselves and taking action to manage our mental wellness are great steps to fully enjoy the Holidays.


“McLean’s Guide to Managing Mental Health Around the Holidays” – McLean Hospital –  Harvard Medical School Affiliate

“Maintaining Mental Health During the Holiday Season (And A Pandemic)” – National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) – California