Taking care of mental health during a pandemic holiday season

Aeowynn Ayres, Staff Writer

This holiday season offers everyone a new challenge: how to maintain a healthy lifestyle with all of this extra stress.

The pandemic has forced many people to be alone at home due to restrictions. Having to make a sudden changes in traditions may leave people feeling out of control.
Loneliness can cause people to develop anxiety and depression. People may notice a decline in their mental health by not being around loved ones.
This feeling of loneliness can also occur even if you’re with family. It can be hard for people following social distancing rules to see their family and not be able to touch them. However, it is essential people follow these precautions to stop the spread of the virus.
Disaster research shows there are usually increases in suicide rates after a catastrophe, but the 2020 suicide statistics have not been released yet although calls to the Baltimore Crisis Hotline have doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With these new feelings of stress and sadness, one may notice a lack of motivation. It’s important to find simple and creative ways to feel the joy and love. Some ways to do that are going on walks or hikes at local parks, keeping a journal, or reading. Taking up a new hobby like baking or painting can also be a good way to relieve stress. Joining a club at school can make one feel important and part of a community.
Don’t let this holiday season turn into a time of sadness and angst. Instead, try your best to make it as stress-free as possible. Learn to recognize and avoid things that will trigger you this holiday, and make sure to reach out to a friend, parent, or trusted adult if you need help.