Mindfulness and Mental Health
Mindfulness is the practice of being intentionally present in the moment. It seems to be something that we would do all the time, yet, how many times have you put special effort into something only to miss it? For example, making a special meal and not taking the moment to truly enjoy the experience due to watching television, reading, or even being a good host. Multi-tasking is a skill set that we are expected to participate in more and more in our society. Interestingly enough, people who multi-task are not as productive as people who mindfully do one task at a time.
Facts on Mental Health
Number of Americans Affected by Mental Illness
- According to The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) one in four adults-approximately 61.5 million Americans-experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17-about 13.6 million-live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.
- Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year.
- Approximately 18 percent of American adults-about 42 million people-live with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder or phobias.
- About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.
Post Holiday Syndrome
The holiday season can often be an emotional rollercoaster. Many people go into a funk or depression after all of the holiday hoopla winds down and find it difficult to function normally in their daily routine. Holiday blues, holiday depression or post-Christmas blues, these commonly used terms depict the mental distress occurring after the winter holiday season. Post-holiday depression can impact anyone, but it can be extremely likely for those with a current diagnosis of depression.
Post-holiday depression can occur because of a variety of factors. Perhaps, the holidays were not as festive or celebratory as expected, your plans fell through, or expectations simply were not met. There may be guiltiness over spending too much money, drinking or overeating. Also, you might feel guilty because, perhaps, you did not attend an even that you were expected to. It is important to realize that we are not alone with these feelings. However, you do not have to let the holiday blues get you down. Here are some strategies experts suggest to survive the blues and get back on track for the new year: