Common Christmas Concerns For Mental Health

Depression

Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses. There is Many reasons why people develop depression. including biology, psychology and social factors. But rumination is known to contribute to depression as a mental illness.

Ruminating means getting lost in our thoughts, thinking about something over and over again. People with depression may often think about what they could have done differently in the past, focusing on failures, wishing things had been different, reanalyzing what happened and what they could have done differently.

“We know that rumination is a very important cognitive characteristic of people with depression. Rumination is {also} a predictor. “People who ruminate are more likely to become depressed and stay depressed longer.” Professor Michelle Moulds, Kings College London

The holidays often encourage reflection, as we remember Christmases past while looking back on the year. We might consider achievements, goals, or perceived progression in life. During a difficult cost of living crisis, difficult global times, and anger and dismay at politics, it can be especially difficult to resist getting lost in our own thoughts and ending up feeling disempowered and unmotivated.

During the busy festive period it can also be more difficult to find the balance between being sociable, discerning who, how and when to socialize with and, at the same time, taking time to rest. pause and process. Social connection can be important in the prevention and relief of depression. But ensuring there is time for rest and recovery is also important, as Fatigue can affect our ability to think clearly..

How to help yourself? Take time to rest. Schedule time for sleep with healthy bedtime routines. Schedule time to talk to people you trust about your reflections, including helplines or charities.

Where to go for help? Depression UK is a self-help charity based in the United Kingdom. Besides, Samaritans provides confidential and non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day. You can call the Samaritans on 116 123. You can also contact your local branch of samaritans if you want to talk to someone in your region.

Anxiety and related disorders

Anxiety disorder is a very common mental health condition, yet it can feel intensely overwhelming. There are other conditions related to anxiety such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

There is important research being done on anxiety and the factors that contribute to it, including research into hormones and anxiety, web-based anxiety treatments, or improving the use of cognitive behavioral therapy. Like depression, rumination It is known to be an anxiety factor. Women are also twice as likely to suffer from anxiety as men. And we live in anxious times right now.

The holidays can be particularly anxiety-provoking due to social pressures, busy schedules, parties and social gatherings, small talk, and the financial costs of the season, especially during a cost of living crisis. It may also be a time when things that can relieve anxiety are also available. It’s helpful to know if you’re dealing with anxiety or an anxiety disorder, and this MQ article can help clarify which one you might be dealing with.

How to help yourself? Self-help can often be explored to relieve anxiety. Many people use a Variety of self-help ideas, including exercise.. So prioritize free time for self-care. If meditation works for you or something else like knitting, running or readingTaking time for yourself can be helpful. Journaling is known to have a positive effect also in mental health.

Where to go for help? If you are in the UK, Anxiety UK They are a charity with anxiety helplines and information.

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are complex and there are many different types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and many more. Around 725,000 people in the UK are affected by eating disorders each year. People with eating disorders are twice as likely to develop multiple health problems.

The excesses of the holidays are clearly linked to food. The abundance of generosity may seem joyful to some, but for those suffering from eating disorders it can be a painful and isolating minefield.

Food can be a difficult substance for many, as well as body image and low self-esteem. This can often become embedded in family dynamics, which during the holiday season can be difficult to avoid or at least avoid memories. Family rigidity is also linked to eating disorders.

This time of year can also cause disruptions in routine, pressure to eat more or at different times, pressure to eat traditional foods instead of exercising. Autonomy is known to be related to positive improvements for those suffering from eating disorders.. Making our own decisions is useful for mental well-being and diminished autonomy can exacerbate poor mental health. An increase in the number of meals out with colleagues or at parties can also be a challenge to recovery. There may often be, in moments of tradition, pressure to conform and emotional consequences if not.

The good news is that autonomous care can be effective in improving eating disorders and with support it is possible to manage difficult times like the Christmas season.

How to help yourself? If you have someone to help you, such as a therapist or nutritionist, schedule a time to discuss your food concerns. If you find that meal plans help you, take the time to consider them. Let your friends and family know that you may need extra help and support. Give them clear boundaries around food ahead of time. MQ offers content dedicated to eating disorders in the run up to Christmas.

Where to go for help? In the United Kingdom, Defeat are the leading eating disorder charity with helplines and information on all forms of eating disorders.

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