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How to Cope With Loss During the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 1, 2021

Holidays just aren’t the same when you have lost a loved one.

Though coping with the emptiness is challenging every day, the grief can be perplexing and overwhelming during this time of year.

One minute, you are fine and seem to have hope. The next, a yuletide song on the television leaves you heartbroken.

We also are feeling a sense of loss during the Covid-19 pandemic. Chances are you know someone who has been ill or passed away from the virus. At the very least, you are grieving the loss of a normal life - like not seeing family and friends while you are staying home.

Grief during the holidays is especially profound in a year of loss. However, it can also linger for years. That’s because holidays mark the passage of time in our lives, according to Grief.com. “They are part of the milestones we share with each other and they generally represent time spent with family. They bring meaning to certain days and we bring much meaning back to them.”

So how do you cope? Is there a way you can have an enjoyable holiday following the death of a spouse, partner, family member or friend?

Here is some advice that might help:

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Topics: Mental Health

Dealing With the Most Stressful Time of the Year

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 20, 2021

Happy Holidays? Yeah, right.

Unreasonable expectations for a perfect celebration, family squabbling and hordes of crazy shoppers can turn you into a real Grouchy Grinch during the holiday season. Especially as we ease back into routines following a long pandemic. For the first time, some families will finally see each other during the holidays - and that can cause as much stress as staying home alone to avoid COVID-19.

If you feel like Peace on Earth just isn’t obtainable this time of year, you are not alone. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with your holiday anxieties.

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Topics: Mental Health

Mental Health First Aid Training Saves Lives Too

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 3, 2020

You know something is wrong with your family member, friend or co-worker. He or she seems depressed or is sometimes acting irrationally.

Though a physical ailment could be causing the behavioral issue, it could be a mental illness.

What should you do? How can you help? Is there a way to provide first aid - similar to giving CPR to a heart attack victim? The answer is yes.

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Topics: Mental Health

Effects of Social Media on Mental Health & Wellness

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 12, 2020

Social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have become very popular. Up to 80 percent of people are using some sort of social media to interact with others. With the uprising of social media sites, there have been many recent studies on the effects of the sites on mental health and wellness. Up to 10 percent of Americans have a certified addiction to social media.

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Topics: Wellness, Health Care, Mental Health

How to Keep the Family Calm and Carrying On During the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 2, 2019

Tis the season for celebrating our blessings, eating holiday delights and spending time with family.

Sometimes, that third part can be a bit of a challenge.

While we love our family members, we don’t always like what they do or say. At best, grudges, disputes and personality conflicts can make family holiday celebrations somewhat tense. At worst, they can crush your festive spirit and hurt you mentally.

Just the thought of getting together with certain relatives can trigger anxiety or heighten depression.

So, what can you do to deal with it? After all, you don’t want to insult other family members or your in-laws by not showing up. How can you cope and avoid the drama?

Here are a few tips:

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Topics: Mental Health

How Do I Talk to Someone About Depression?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 17, 2015

Many people suffer from depression. Because it is a mental disorder, it is often associated with weakness or excessive emotion. It's not something that people are comfortable talking about. Recently, the media and many celebrities have been trying to change that perception and remove the stigma associated with depression.

What is Depression?

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the US, and it can affect anyone. Nearly 10% of Americans suffer from depression including men, women, teens, and postpartum mothers. Depression is more than just feeling sad. With depression, the feelings don't fade away, often getting in the way of daily tasks. Depression can be hard to identify because some symptoms are physical and some are emotional. Here are a few common symptoms. If you have been experiencing any of these for more than a few days, contact your doctor.

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Topics: Mental Health

What Are the Signs of Emotional Abuse?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 10, 2015

When people think of abuse, they often picture battered women who have been physically assaulted, but abuse does not always include violence. Many men and women suffer through emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is not as obvious as physical abuse because it can be very subtle. It is often so subtle that you don't realize it's happening for a long time. Often, emotional abuse gets dismissed, even by the victim. Emotional abuse is just as destructive as physical or sexual abuse.

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Topics: Mental Health