Caring for Youth Mental Health During the Holidays

December 11, 2023

 ‘Tis the season to show you care

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.

How to Help Struggling Teens with Mental Health During the Holidays

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:

  • Spend time together.
  • Provide an outlet for expression.
  • Establish healthy boundaries.
  • Help them practice gratitude.
  • Encourage physical activity.
  • Make time for rest.

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 to Seek Professional Treatment

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.

Sources

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https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20364651

The Holidays Can Bring Out The Worst In Struggling Teens

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