Mental Health Check List
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital
Do you have a mental health check list for Christmas? It is so important that we take care of ourselves during this holiday season. We can become easily fatigued. We are so busy taking care of everyone else, and we can forget to take care of ourselves.
Tension about what the New Year will bring, and conflict with our family members can be a source of stress. For people who have mental illness, the holidays can cause an increase in anxiety and depression. For individuals experiencing this, you may need special attention due to social isolation or lack of family support. According to one study, there is a 40% rise in the number of suicides just after Christmas.
Creating a mental health check list is important especially if you are vulnerable to experiencing feelings of anxiety and depression. If you have no plans for the holidays, try volunteering somewhere like a soup kitchen or attend free Christmas events. Most churches have Christmas plays and it is great opportunity to meet people. Staying home alone may only intensify your holiday blues, so reach out to others for support.