Even though it is inaccurate to say that the holiday season coincides with an increase in suicides, the end of the year can be, according to Mental Health America, “for many people … a time of self-evaluation, loneliness, reflection on past failures, and anxiety about an uncertain future.”
Many factors can cause the “holiday blues”: stress, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, over-commercialization, financial constraints, and the inability to be with one’s family and friends. The demands of shopping, parties, family reunions and house guests also contribute to feelings of tension … Even more people experience post-holiday let down after January 1.
Mental Health America offers a free fact sheet that includes 10 tips on coping with stress and depression during the holidays.
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