WHEN HOLIDAYS ARE HELL!
Why is Christmas so stressful and depressing?
At this time of year people are reporting higher levels of stress and depression , and in South Africa
December has the highest rate of suicides for the whole year.
You have at your radio station our 60 second commercial for Depression called "The Mental Health Minute" We would ask you to play it for the next three weeks as much as possible, day or night whenever you have space. Our offices are open throughout Christmas and the new year to prevent people from taking that final lethal step. We have a toll free number on the advert and we feel that your station may want to contribute towards a happier and healthier Christmas this year by supporting the playing of it frequently.
"Many reasons contribute to this problem, separation or divorce means many people will be celebrating on their own for the first time. These are people that may not have already built up a new circle of friends". said Dr. Colinda Linde, Psychologist in Johannesburg.
For some people already full schedules are just added to by lots of extra Christmas chores, shopping , cooking, booking travel plans, People with families may have to entertain for big family get togethers.
Finally financially Christmas is a very big cost with people often spending more money than they can afford and building up heavy credit card costs for January.
Ways to beat the Holiday Blahs
1.Have a positive attitude and try not to worry about things that are beyond your control.
2.If you have unresolved family issues you may choose not to spend it with your family this year, tell them well in advance what your new plans will be, or if you have obligations you cant get out of consider limiting very clearly the time spent with them.
3.Only spend what you know you can afford, if your finances are shaky, thoughtful and handmade gifts often offer more pleasure.
4.Remember to exercise as , a few extra minutes a day can benefit your overall health.
5. Get plenty of rest, keep to your usual sleep pattern each night.
6.You may decide that you don't want to get involved with the usual round of Christmas parties and meals, if so, Hospices, Hospitals, children's homes, Animal welfare charities all need extra help over Christmas and the new year, to allow their overworked staff some time with their families.
Ring and offer well in advance and spend it with people a lot less fortunate.
10.Regardless of the fact that we should "feel jolly and happy" over Christmas many people are going to feel depressed and flat. If you have a family member or friend who is battling over Christmas and they don't want to or cant spend it with you, show them these suggestions or get them to ring the Depression and anxiety helpline on 0800 567.567. or 011.783.1474 open, Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years Day.
We would appreciate greatly it if you would support us in this critical cause.
Zane Wilson (Ms)
South African Depression and Anxiety Group