The holidays aren’t a joyous time for everyone. For many youth and teens, there won’t be much under the tree for them. They might be missing a loved one or be separated from their families. The holidays can bring out the worst in teens who are already struggling in life. Without the right care, the holidays can worsen mental health.
In some cases, professional adolescent behavioral health offers a path forward. Here’s how to navigate this complex situation.
The high expectations and pressures during the holidays can increase stress and anxiety, which takes a toll on teen mental health. Here are some ways to help them combat stress and feel supported:
Also, recognize that not all traditions or activities may align with a young person's mental health needs. Being flexible and open-minded about celebrating in non-traditional ways can reduce feelings of anxiety, isolation, or inadequacy.
When self-care isn’t enough, professional adolescent behavioral health treatments in Richmond may help them enjoy a higher quality of life—for the holidays and beyond. Contact Hallmark Youthcare to learn more about our inpatient programs.
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