New Year, New Views in 2022

So you have made it through the stress of the holidays with the best mental health possible. The new year is upon us again. Some see this as a “fresh start,” making tons of resolutions in the interest of being the best possible version of ourselves: more fit, more successful, more likable, sexier. Some may see the new year and groan, thinking “here we go again, different year, same bullshit.” Still, others may enter the new year all YOLO, ready for the next adventure. Look forward to a new year with new views in 2022.

The point here is that everyone has different feelings toward 2022, what it will bring, and what they can do with it. I have a different way of looking at the new year. This year, beyond resolutions, pessimism, optimism, or adventures, we must, not just for the year, but every day for years to come, gain a greater acceptance of ourselves, neurotypical or neurodiverse. New year, new views, starting in 2022.

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How the Holidays Negatively Impact my Mental Illness

The holidays can be a hard time for everyone. The running around and making of magic can deplete anyone’s energy. I recently wrote a post about mental health and wellbeing during the holidays in which I reference the seven facets of mental wellbeing and how to balance them to have a safe, healthy holiday season. For some of us, the holidays negatively impact mental illness outside of those facets.

This post focuses on those of us with mental illnesses and how the season can make matters worse. Good mental health and wellness are important cornerstones for mental stability, but there are some reactions that are unique to those with mental illness that may not apply to the neurotypical.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing during the Holiday Season in 2021

It seems that the holiday season comes more quickly every year. We now have Christmas in July, and the Thanksgiving stuff goes up on the shelves before we even purchased our Halloween candy. The holidays bring stressors we do not have to deal with the rest of the year (even though the rest of the year comes with its own problems.) It is easy to get caught up in the holidays, especially that last sprint to the New Year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, I want to talk about your mental health and wellbeing during the holiday season in 2021.

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