The holiday season can be especially challenging if you’re dealing with circumstances that might trigger emotions of sadness, depression, anxiety, uncertainty, or loneliness, to name a few.
Being able to prioritize your mental health and realizing that everyone grieves differently is one of THE most important things you can do during the hustle and bustle that this time of the year can bring about.
Our team of professional Mental Health experts has rounded up some ways to help cope with the heaviness of losing someone.
We hope that you find these practices to be helpful for you and your family this holiday season.
Check-in with yourself
Check-in with your child/children
Set boundaries, and give yourself permission to take breaks
Maintain connections and community
Acknowledge and respect that everyone grieves differently
Spend intentional, one-on-one time with your child/children
Make sure to maintain open communication. Talk to your child/children about the loss of the loved one, recalling special memories, moments, and traditions.
At-home activities to keep your mind occupied, reflect, and maybe make new memories and traditions:
Make a paper chain of memories
Set a special place on the table
Make and share one of your loved one's favorite meals
Wrap a gift box with a small opening and fill it with memories. Pull the memories out one at a time and read them each
Buy a gift in honor of a loved one and donate it to a charity
Light a memory candle or lantern
Red flag/warning signs to be on the lookout for which might indicate that professional help might be needed:
Withdrawing from family and friends
Irritability that lasts for weeks
Loss or lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyed
Significant changes in sleeping or eating habits
Presence of negative self-talk
Presence of self-harm or harming others
Excessive or irrational worry or fear
Display of anxious behavior
Mental Health Therapy visits focus at Marshall focus on providing encouragement and support in order to create a more balanced, loving, and overall successful home life. By working with both the child and the family using proven psychological methods, Mental Health Therapy can help manage and even eliminate a variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties.
How do we address Mental Health at Marshall Pediatric Therapy:
Children might benefit from receiving Mental Health Therapy even without a diagnosed medical condition. Children who exhibit feelings of worthlessness that lead to depression or anxiety, have difficulty paying attention, and often show signs of physical complaints such as fatigue and withdrawal from social activities may require Mental Health Therapy. At Marshall Pediatric Therapy, we offer sessions individually or as a family if necessary. Receiving Mental Health Therapy does not require a referral. For a list of current insurance coverage and providers, you may reference:
For a list of helpful links that could help support specific Mental Health Therapy: