According to a recent survey by Travelocity, 60% of Americans aren’t going to travel to see loved ones for the holidays this year.* In fact, about one-in-three said that they aren’t going to celebrate the holidays at all. Stores are still selling decorations. Some commercials are encouraging celebration. But people are feeling disconnected and disappointed because they’re no longer apart of the festivities. And those that choose to partake in get-togethers might feel anxious and stressed out due to fear of getting sick.
During times such as these, it’s important to focus on mental health. Busyness can breed anxiety and loneliness can breed depression. But there are ways to remain calm and seek help for mental issues.
Remember: Mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand. Poor diet and immobility can lead to feeling sluggish. Getting enough sleep, eating balanced meals, and exercising regularly may help a poor mood. Little steps, like adding a vegetable and fruit to every meal can greatly improve energy levels. Spending some time outdoors, calling friends or family, taking a break from social media, or reflecting on the positive things in life are also good things to try.
For those still not feeling like themselves and finding it hard to cope, there are professional resources.
It’s normal to feel stressed in difficult times. UnitedHealthcare cares about mental health. For more information on how to deal with stress, click here.