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Isolation in the Holiday Season – A Blog on Mental Health

Isolation during the Holiday Season is very common. Over 30% of adults in the US face a mental health challenge making a complicated holiday season even more difficult for many people. Feelings of isolation can be very common for those who struggle, and feelings can be amplified during the holidays. Furthermore, those of us who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder may find it especially difficult to cope as the days are getting shorter and colder as the holidays get closer.

Your friends at NAMI Greater Toledo are here to help. Here are a handful of coping mechanisms for isolation during the holidays:

  • Practice self care: Take time to schedule self-care for yourself. A warm bath, a nice walk, a favorite movie, etc.
  • Practice gratitude: Remind yourself of all that you have and what you are grateful for each morning to start your day on a positive note.
  • Triggers: You are the best tool for identifying your own triggers. Try to avoid them by setting boundaries for yourself.
  • Ask for help: Talk to a loved one or trusted peer. Stay connected with your mental health providers. When you think you might need help, don’t hesitate to ask for it.

If you think a friend or loved one might be struggling with isolation, here are some signs you can look for:

  • Changes in appetite/eating habits
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Increased irritability
  • Reckless behavior
  • Lack of focus
  • Less interest in favorite activities

There are resources available for you!

If you find yourself struggling to manage, here are several great resources:

  • 24/7 Help Line: 419-255-3125
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “4Hope” to 741 741
  • Lucas County Emotional Support Line: 419-442-0580
  • NAMI Family Navigators: 419-243-1119

You are not alone. It is okay to not be okay. Your friends at NAMI Greater Toledo and our professional staff are here to accompany you on your mental health journey.

Happy holiday season wishes to all celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanza!