Tips and resources when feeling stressed or drained during holidays

A young woman sitting on a couch2021 has been another different and, at times, challenging year for people and their families. As the year comes to a close, many will be adjusting their holiday plans once again, adapting to the changing impacts of COVID-19.

On top of the daily impacts of the pandemic, some may be facing added stressors. Indigenous Peoples and communities continue to face the ongoing impacts of historical harms and trauma, further amplified by the recovery of remains at former Indian Residential School sites. In British Columbia, a devastating heat wave, followed by destructive wildfires and floods, have further compounded the impacts of an already challenging year.

In the midst of all these impacts, know that you are not alone in what you’re feeling. Fear, stress and worry are all expected feelings during a crisis. If you’re among the many people who find themselves feeling drained as we enter this holiday season, there are small steps you can take that can help:
  • Connect with others in the manner you feel most comfortable and are within the Public Health recommendations in the COVID-19 context. This could include groups chats or more virtual connections with loved ones.
  • Do your best to simplify your plans for the holidays, embracing new traditions and keeping those that are meaningful to you.
  • Practicing gratitude strengthens yourself and others. Find something everyday that you are thankful for.

For more tips, check out Coping with a Health Emergency: A Guide for the Holidays. And remember: if you’re feeling confused and don’t what to do to get through your day, seek the help of a mental health professional. Asking for help is a sign of strength. 

Red Cross resources

Psychological First Aid Training

Coping with Crisis

More resources:

Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Wellness Together Canada

Kids Help Phone

Canadian Mental Health Association

Crisis Services Canada*
*The Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays).

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