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By Dr. Scott Eilers, PsyD, LP
More people seek mental health treatment between November and January than any other three-month period of the year. Colder, harsher weather and the isolation that comes with it brings feelings of depression. The additional expenses and responsibilities of the holiday season bring anxiety. Family gatherings can be reminders of grief. That’s what we’re up against in a normal year.
This, of course, is not a normal year.
Many of us won’t be traveling for the holidays as we typically do. Many of us will have smaller gatherings than normal. Some of us won’t gather at all. Getting out of the house will be even riskier and more challenging than it normally is this time of year. The presence of COVID-19 will compound and amplify much of the distress we typically experience during this season.
With these concerns in mind, I want to share a few pandemic holiday stress management tips:
Scott Eilers, PsyD, LP
Lastly, but most importantly, if you’re dealing with emotional distress that can’t be managed with simple strategies like these, please seek help by contacting Mercy Family Counseling and EAP at (319) 398-6575. Depression and anxiety are both at all-time highs. We aren’t made to face things like this alone.