Why the Holidays Can Be Especially Hard (& a Mental Health Plan to Thrive Through “The Most Wonderful Time of Year”)

The holidays are meant to be filled with joy, gatherings of loved ones, and happiness, but…

The holidays can also be stressful and challenging for those battling mental illness.

Holidays may worsen some people’s mental health issues due to potential loneliness.

Sadness, depression, and anxiety can be challenging to cope with when all people are singing about how this is “the most joyous time of the year.”

For many people struggling with mental health disorders, this can literally be the most difficult time of the year.

In 2014, a study conducted by NAMI found that 64% of people suffering from mental illness reported that the holidays make their conditions worse.

Also, a survey conducted in 2021 showed that 3 in 5 Americans feel their mental health is negatively impacted by the holidays.

So, what can you do to cope with your own mental health during the holiday season?

Superhuman IV has a mental health plan to help you enjoy your festivities to the max!

1. Accept Imperfection:

Expectations around the holiday season are always high.

We want to host the best gathering, give the best presents, and enjoy all the details during this time of year.

We may feel stressed about living up to those high expectations.

So, it’s most  helpful to accept that everything will not always be as perfect as we expect, but we can still enjoy our holidays.

Imperfection is normal! It’s all right if things don’t go exactly how we’ve planned ….

2. Set Aside Time for Self-Care:

Packing your holiday season with gatherings, presents, and plans is fun, but you should never forget about setting aside time for self-care and managing your mental health during this time.

Schedule dedicated time to do the activities you enjoy, meditate and avoid any extra stress.

3. Ask for Help:

One of the best things you can do to help with mental health issues during holidays is reaching out for help if you need it.

You can share your feelings and thoughts with a person you trust, like a friend, family member, or your therapist.

This will help you discover that stress, anxiety, and feeling down during the holiday season is normal, and you can discuss many solutions to overcome your negative feelings and thoughts.

4. Keep a Regular Sleep, Eat and Exercise Schedule:

WHO says that if you want to make a positive impact on your mental health, you need to take care of your physical health first.

During the hassle of the holiday season, you should exercise, get enough rest, and help your mind stay healthy.

You should also keep up with your sleep routine, diet and exercise schedule so you feel more organized and ready to take on the holiday season and manage your mental health.

5. Practice Relaxation:

Relaxation techniques are excellent for managing your mental health.

Activities like meditation, scheduling a massage, taking a yoga class will help you unwind and enjoy a moment of peace during your day.

Many rounds of deep breathing before you head into a store or family gathering will also help you center yourself.

6. Get a Nutrient Boost with IV Therapy:

IV therapy featuring many medications like NAD+, ketamine, and psilocybin is a great way to give an immediate impact to mood.

IV therapy will give your physical and mental health a boost with the great features it offers like:

  • Delivering essential vitamins, nutrients, and amino-acids.
  • Improving hydration.
  • Aiding in muscle recovery.
  • Treating hangovers.
  • Relieving depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms within a few hours.

Don’t let the holidays become something you dread; you should be enjoying quality time with your loved ones!

Take proactive steps to prevent stress, depression, loneliness, and anxiety that can descend during the holidays season.

With more planning, healthy habits, and positive thinking, you will find peace, joy, and fulfillment during the holidays.

On behalf of the entire Superhuman team…

We wish you happy holidays full of love, prosperity, and positivity… May this new year be your best year yet!


64% of people suffering from a mental illness reported that the holidays make their conditions worse.

(National Alliance of Mental Illness: Mental Health and the Holiday Blues, 2014, View reference).

A perfectionist strives toward perfection with the belief that imperfection is unacceptable which can be detrimental to health.

(WebMD: How to Overcome Perfectionism, 2021, View reference).

Self-care is the ability to care for oneself through awareness, self-control, and self-reliance in order to achieve, maintain, or promote both physical and mental health.

(National Library of Medicine: Self-care: A concept analysis, 2021, View reference).

When you are depressed, anxious, or stressed, it’s most useful to get help from a psychiatrist or another mental health expert

(WebMD: How to Get Help for Mental Health, 2022, View reference).

To manage your mental health, you should have a healthy lifestyle including your diet, sleep routine, and exercise schedule.

(World Health Organization: 20 health tips for 2020, 2019, View reference).

Relaxation techniques reduce stress symptoms and help you enjoy a better quality of life, especially if you have a physical or mental illness.

(Mayoclinic: Relaxation techniques: Try these steps to reduce stress, 2022, View reference).

There are many health issues that IV therapy promises to solve or improve through an infusion of various vitamins and minerals.(Healthline: IV Vitamin Therapy: Your Questions Answered, 2019, View reference).

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