When do you know the holidays are here? Is it when the temperature starts to change? How about when Santa makes an appearance at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade? Oh wait, I know! It’s when you hear Mariah Carey’s classic hit “All I want for Christmas is you”.
The holidays are meant to be a joyous time of year, but often, many struggle with their mental health during the holiday season. According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of people surveyed said their stress increased during the holiday season due to financial pressure, gift giving, and gatherings. The trifecta of holiday anxiety converges at one event - The office White Elephant gift exchange party. Seriously, who invented this thing? It's the absolute worst. I have to buy a present and gather with my colleagues while they steal it from each other? No thank you.
Other feelings that pop up during the holidays could include seasonal depression, substance abuse, and loneliness. The holidays are not the time to suffer in silence, especially if you've battle similar feelings year-round.
Throughout life, I've made it my personal (and now corporate) mission to give back to the less fortunate during the holidays. This year, Shari’s Tea chose to spend the holidays with Pam's Place, a woman's shelter in Long Island City, NY. Pam's Place is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) community-based organization which serves the housing needs of over 200 low/no income single women.
At Shari's Tea, we encourage a holistic approach to health and wellness through education and accessibility. In an effort to spread joy this holiday season, we partnered with Quintessential Therapy to host a wellness party for the staff and residents of Pam’s Place. We were honored to spend the afternoon getting to know everyone while listening to holiday music, enjoying chair massages, and chatting over biscuits and tea. The tea menu included lavender mint herbal tea, tropical fruit hibiscus blend, and coconut black tea. The women LOVED it!
To protect their privacy, no residents were included in the video below.
We all can't have a fabulous teas party, so if you struggle during the holidays, there are things you can do to try and alleviate that “blah” feeling. Your wellbeing is important and if you feel stressed, depressed, or lonely this holiday season, here are some tips and tricks that may help.
1. Reach Out
2. Stick To Your Routine
3. Indulge But Don’t Overdo It
4. Seek Peace
I hope this post helped someone. You’re loved, you’re wanted, and most importantly you’re not alone. RIP Stephen "tWitch" Boss.