Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade offers ideas for maintaining your mental health.
Not everyone is excited about the holiday season. There are many people without happy families, without good friends, without money for presents, without cheer and glee. There are people with happy memories, now sad, because of deaths and divorces. There are plenty of people with regrets, alienations, illnesses, and just plain depression and anxiety which comes from within without a reason.
If you're experiencing such pain during this season, you're not alone. You can try to seek out similar people through an organization, religious or otherwise, or cope alone. Make sure you don't "escape" your pain by abusing yourself with drugs, alcohol or overeating, common temptations more during these times than usual. Pamper yourself somehow in a constructive, or at least not harmful, way, with meditation, music, exercise, or volunteering to help other hurting people. Most of all, know that this season will pass. Stores and offices will reopen, unrealistic expectations will evaporate from the media, and you'll survive, as you have so far.