With Thanksgiving coming soon, families may be thinking of gathering, and deadlines may be approaching. With the added stress of the pandemic along with the holiday season approaching, it is understandable that all of us might feel a bit frazzled. For those dealing with mental health symptoms and diagnoses, this time can feel especially chaotic and uncertain.
What is certain, however, is that there are people who understand and want to offer support and guidance. If you or a loved one is experiencing mental health symptoms or feeling the need for more support during this holiday season, reach out to Sunstone Recovery in Bend, Oregon. We are here to provide tools and support for those dealing with concerns about mental health. You can reach us online, or call 855.833.9199 today to learn about our dual diagnosis treatment.
Managing Holiday Stress This Thanksgiving
Taking the time to consider and plan what you can do to manage stress around the holidays is important in ensuring your well-being this holiday season. Whether anxiety, depression, substance use, PTSD, or a mood disorder make this planning more difficult, with a little help, it can be done. Here are some simple guidelines for reducing your stress this Thanksgiving:
Make a List of People You Want to Talk to
Take the time to write down the names of anyone you’ll be spending time with during the holiday. Check in with yourself and ask if there are any conversations you will and won’t have with these people.
Check in with Loved Ones
Don’t forget to stay connected with trusted friends and family members who understand your situation and care for you. Make a plan to stay connected through the holiday.
Be Prepared to Change Plans
If substance use is likely to happen in any gatherings, plan alternate activities with sober family and friends.
Spend time enjoying being on your own doing something you enjoy. Go into nature, go for a run, write in a journal, do something creative. Take time to rest and surround yourself with those who support you.
Online Therapy Can Help You Stay Centered Over the Holidays
While each individual may need varying levels of treatment and therapy, Sunstone Recovery is prepared to offer just what each client needs. We offer services in both mental health and substance use recovery. As some clients may have mental health concerns underlying hard-to-kick substance use habits, this dual approach can be more effective for long-lasting recovery. Clients experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, or bipolar may benefit from the following:
- Intensive outpatient program
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Family and group therapy
- Adolescent and geriatric services
- Trauma-informed therapy
- Holistic therapies
These programs may feel challenging at times, and it is normal to have difficulty completing recovery. With a team of wellness experts who care, you won’t have to feel afraid to try. You can learn new tools and skills that can be useful for the rest of your life with a group of compassionate and knowledgeable people on your side. Mental health diagnoses should be treated as seriously as any other health concern, so if you or a loved one is suffering in silence, make today the day you break free.
Telehealth for the State of Oregon
This Thanksgiving, you can access mental health services from the comfort of your home. Sunstone Recovery offers full services via videoconferencing, so you can access therapy from your home or anywhere with an internet connection. It has never been easier to connect with quality virtual mental healthcare. At Sunstone Recovery, our caring and nonjudgmental team are ready to answer your questions. Just call 855.833.9199, or reach out via our online form.