Effects of Economic Hardship on Mental Health Part 2
As we move toward the holiday season, the effects of economic hardship on mental health are often more apparent than the rest of the year. While the holiday season typically brings cheer and joy, it can also bring added financial anxiety and stress.
Financial worries can lead to increased levels of depression, anxiety, and overall mental health struggles. With job losses, the soaring cost of living, rising inflation, and decreased access to resources due to the pandemic, many people are feeling helpless financially. These effects can be compounded by the pressure of holiday expectations, such as traveling to relatives or buying gifts during the holiday season.
How To Manage Mental Health During the Holiday Season
First and foremost, it is crucial to practice self-care and recognize the importance of staying within your means. While it is tempting to overspend during the holiday season, this added financial pressure can be detrimental to your mental health.
Therefore, be mindful of your financial situation and create a realistic budget for gifts and travel. Additionally, creating handmade gifts or spending time with loved ones can be great ways to show appreciation without breaking the bank.
Many people dealing with holiday stress can benefit from self-care techniques such as taking walks, discovering a new hobby, or meditating. The expectation for the holiday season is to give, give, and give some more. But sometimes it is most beneficial to step back and take some time for yourself. Acknowledge that you are doing the best you can with what you have, and take a break from comparing yourself to others.
Sometimes talking to an experienced professional can help you process any feelings of anxiety or depression surrounding the holidays, as well as gain insight on how to cope with financial stress. Visiting a licensed counselor or attending support groups are great ways to gain perspective.
At Kuldip Counselling, we work to understand the unique needs of each client while providing a safe and welcoming environment. Schedule an appointment today to fight off the holiday blues.
Kuldip Counselling and Consulting has two convenient locations in Surrey and Langley. They offer counselling services and compassionate therapy in the areas of addictions counselling, and family and marriage counselling.
If you have any questions about this article or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (604) 764-9575.