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The Ultimate Mental Health Holiday Survival Guide

For some people, the holiday season is a joyous, fun time. But for many others, it can be extremely difficult. Whether it’s the burden of an unaccepting family, a history of family trauma, a depressive episode, or heavy grief, there are so many different things that people struggle with this time of year – and […]

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Updated on May 21, 2024

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For some people, the holiday season is a joyous, fun time. But for many others, it can be extremely difficult. Whether it’s the burden of an unaccepting family, a history of family trauma, a depressive episode, or heavy grief, there are so many different things that people struggle with this time of year – and if you’re having a hard time right now, you are far from alone.

It’s important to acknowledge that the holidays can result in a mixed bag of emotions, and it’s OK to not conform to the cheerful narrative that you see all around you. Your feelings are valid.

No matter what struggles you’re facing right now, we’re here to help. Below you’ll find 11 different common scenarios you might find yourself experiencing. Click each one to discover therapist-recommended tips for tackling this situations while maintaining your mental health. You’ve got this! 

For the LGBTQIA+ person whose family doesn’t get it


For the person with the political extremist family


For people who don’t have family to go home to during the holidays


For the person dealing with questions that are way too personal


For the person dealing with trauma


For the person dealing with depression during the holidays


For the person with social anxiety


For the person who’s family shares different religious views


For the person who can’t stop comparing their holidays to other people’s


For the person dealing with grief


For the sober person in recovery


If you’re struggling with your mental health, don’t hesitate to seek help. Therapy can teach you the tools you need to overcome your struggles and become your best self. Grow Therapy can connect you with a therapist, online or in-person, who accepts your insurance and specializes in your needs. Get started with therapy, today.

Frequently Asked Questions

This article is not meant to be a replacement for medical advice. We recommend speaking with a therapist for personalized information about your mental health. If you don’t currently have a therapist, we can connect you with one who can offer support and address any questions or concerns. If you or your child is experiencing a medical emergency, is considering harming themselves or others, or is otherwise in imminent danger, you should dial 9-1-1 and/or go to the nearest emergency room.

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