While many schools have opened back up, many students are still experiencing symptoms of trauma and mental health issues. It’s important that teachers and faculty become educated themselves on the indicators of a mental health crisis in their students. Students should recognize their feelings and be open to sharing them with others. Reach out to teachers and staff and get the help you need.
One of the most common reason people experience depression during this time of year is:
Financial hardship – ‘Tis the season to be jolly, unless your bank account is overdrawn and your credit cards maxed out. Not having a budget to buy loved ones presents, especially our children, can feel devastating.
One of the most powerful ways people can lift themselves out of the darkness of depression is to change their thinking patterns.
Thinking positively means you are re-training your brain to think and feel good. Every time you have a negative thought, stop, recognize it as negative, and immediately flip the switch and create the positive opposite thought in its place.
It is the time when clinicians and their communities come together to spread awareness and combat mental illness. By working together, we can all promote the importance of mental health screenings while reducing the stigma associated with mental health illnesses.
Remember to Play. Just because you’re an adult, that doesn’t mean you don’t need some downtime to just have fun. Whether you want to play a sport, enjoy a hobby, or go to the theater, be sure to make time each week to enjoy yourself and your life.
No matter how good you look in a bathing suit or how “ripped” you may be, or how low your cholesterol is if you aren’t mentally healthy, your life is negatively impacted. Be sure to treat yourself as kindly as you do your loved ones. See the good in you and practice self-care and self-compassion every day.
It’s easy to become isolated during this time. You’re tired and emotional. It’s important that you remain socially active and connect with others. You need to remember who you are as a person, not just a caregiver, and social interactions will help you feel human.
Recovery from depression is a complex process but you don’t need to go it alone. By surrounding yourself with friends and loved ones, you can continue to feel genuine connections, and each one of those connections is a light that can pierce through the darkness.