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Your Mental Health and the Holiday Season

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Mental Health Issues Over The Holidays

Mental Health Issues Over The HolidaysMany with mental health problems wonder, "How am I going to make it through the holiday season?" If that's you, you're definitely not alone in that regard. Some of the issues facing those with mental illness include:

Solutions for Coping with Mental Illness During the Holidays

How do you make it through the holiday season when you're living with a mental health condition? Here are a few ideas:

  • For loneliness, see if there's a DBSA, NAMI, or other support group meeting in your community. Volunteer and help others in need during this time of year. Do something you enjoy. (Read Mental Illness and Feeling Alone)
  • If eating or drinking is an issue for you, skip the parties and holiday toasts. If you feel obligated to attend, plan to stay for a few minutes and leave.
  • Don't overschedule. Don't attend too many events in a row. Politely turn down some invitations. If you're hosting a party, ask for help. No need to stress yourself out in jammed malls shopping for gifts. Do you shopping online.
  • Plan ahead for emergencies. Make sure you have enough of your prescription medication to get you through the holidays. Contact your doctor now if you don't. If you're needing extra therapy sessions, contact your therapist to see about availability. If you have a close family member or friend, ask them if they will be available during the holidays in case you need them for something.

All of these ideas can be grouped under one heading: Know your limits. Don't do things that will hurt you in the end and don't ignore warning signs that your mental health is deteriorating.

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: How do you manage your mental health during the holiday season? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

Mental Health and the Holidays Articles

Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness

Get Our Mental Health Blog Widget

Over 370 sites and blogs are helping spread awareness of mental illness. How about putting our mental health blogs widget on your website, blog or social page? The latest HealthyPlace blog headlines appear as soon as the articles are posted on our site. Just click "Get Widget" at the bottom of the widget, grab the embed code and paste it into your page. You'll also see embed links for Wordpress, Blogger, Linkedin and other social sites there.

As a bonus, put the blogs widget on your site or blog, email us (info AT healthyplace.com) with a page link where it appears, and we'll give a shoutout to your site, blog, or social site on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Share our Stories

At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.


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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. PTSD Symptoms: How Trauma Affects the Brain
  2. Abuse: Personality Changes And Authenticity
  3. Bipolar Schizoaffective Disorder

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.

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Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT healthyplace.com

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

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Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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Helping Children Understand Social Cues

Does your child misunderstand the behavior of other children? The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, has some helpful tips on how to help your child correctly understand what peers are saying and doing.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • A Cold War Fought by Women
  • Work Up a Sweat, and Bargain Better
  • Cognition and Illness Course Predict Bipolar Employment
  • Childhood Social Functioning Predicts Schizophrenia Risk
  • Bipolar Disorder Treatment Nonadherence ‘Needs More Attention’
  • Cerebral Basis for Positive Psychosis Symptoms Pinpointed
  • Teenage Bereavement Linked to Asthma Hospitalization Risk
  • Problem-Solving Education Reduces Parental Stress After Child Autism Diagnosis
  • Services Fail to Treat Prisoners with Schizophrenia - Increasing Risk of Violent Reoffending
  • Why Being Bad Feels So Good
  • Novel Approach Confirms Dysfunctional Energy Production in Schizophrenia
  • Insomnia Hurts Job Performance of Depressed Patients
  • Obesity, Bipolarity May Have Common Mechanisms

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

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Last Updated: 03 September 2014
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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