pressures

Handling the Holiday Blues

Handling the Holiday Blues

According to the lyrics of a holiday song, this is the most wonderful time of the year.  In reality, this time of year can be difficult, especially for those living with a mental health diagnosis and those who care for them. Why? There are less daylight hours and it’s cold, which can affect mood. There may be painful memories of holidays past and pressures to make the festive season picture perfect. It can be a season of excess… too much food and alcohol, too many obligations, or expectations, and too much spending. Some folks feel lonely and others are franticallyRead More

Life pressures have teens on overload

Life pressures have teens on overload

Today, teens get a lot of ‘future’ pressure from parents and older adults to be a certain way and succeed in the ways they see best, which can result in considerable undue stress. The expected norm is that you have to do well in school while taking part in extracurricular activities to secure admission to a choice school or prestigious university. This pressure can make a youth feel as though they aren’t doing enough, aren’t good enough, and ultimately can lead to them giving up overall. Personally, my parents have always pushed me to do my best. Once, I hadRead More