The holidays are considered the most wonderful time of the year, but the truth is that this isn’t the case for everyone. In fact, the festive season can be extremely hard on women, particularly when it comes to their mental health.
What are some of the main reasons why the holidays are so hard on women’s mental health? While every woman is different and will react to the holidays in her own way, we’ve broken down a few of the main culprits below.
There’s Too Much to Do
The holiday season brings with it a lot of responsibilities, from buying gifts and attending parties, to planning what you will serve if you are hosting the holiday. Having an overstuffed schedule can definitely take its toll on a woman’s state of mind. So, while the season can certainly bring fun, it can also make it difficult to keep up with everything. And, if you are an introverted person, having to be around a lot of people can definitely be draining and stressful, too, leading to a decline in some women’s mental health.
According to Bustle, one of the top reasons why the holidays can adversely affect women’s mental health is because this is an expensive time of year. If you have a large family and a lot of friends to buy presents for, but you don’t have a lot of money to spare, you will inevitably feel stressed about your financial situation, and you might also feel terrible if you need to tell people that you can’t afford to get them gifts this year. Many women even fear that they will end up going into debt simply because of all of the expenses that come with the holidays.
Food Takes Center Stage
During the holidays, food becomes a major focus. Therefore, for women who are struggling to lose weight or maintain their weight, and for those with eating disorders, this time of year can definitely be a struggle. The fact that you are expected to eat more and indulge so much can certainly make you feel anxious, as well as pressured, and that can lead to stress. Plus, if you do end up overeating or falling off course while you are following a healthy eating plan, you might also experience feelings of guilt on top of all of the other negative emotions that you are experiencing.
Many women’s mental health ends up suffering throughout the holiday season. If you’re one of those women, taking some time out to take care of yourself is imperative. Don’t worry so much about what other people are doing to celebrate this time of year. Focus on doing things that you enjoy, even if that includes simply spending some quiet time at home. Remember, the holidays are meant to be a time to focus on being with family, not on buying gifts and being materialistic while overindulging.