Being kind this holiday season could help with mental stress

A Lincoln therapist says this holiday, to make sure you take care of your mental health

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A Lincoln therapist says this holiday, to make sure you take care of your mental health.
“I just really think that you know this is an opportunity for all of us to really take it, take a moment to be kinder to ourselves,” said Denney.
Therapist Rachel Denney with Parallels Mental Health Counseling says during this season, depression can arise. She adds the pandemic and holidays mounts more stress on her patients.
“There’s a huge financial stress for a lot of people,” said Denney. “Then, again that separation from family and people that you care about and not being able to be close to them for the holidays is something that is bothersome to a lot of folks.”
Denney has been working from home, seeing patients and taking care of her family. She also shares her struggles with this year.

“It’s been hard,” said Denney. “I’ve pretty much been an essential worker so I’ve been working through this whole time. I’ve had COVID myself more than once, and having to deal with that, and trying to manage the effects of being sick. I think it’s just like, trying to manage so many different aspects, but really that’s kind of part of life especially if you’re a parent, you have to learn how to balance lots of different things.”

Her tips for mental health during the holidays is to stay connected to others as much as possible through zoom and text and calls, by also remember self-care like journaling.
“Giving or doing for someone else, just to be kind, feels really good,” said Denney. “It fills your own bucket and it also helps someone else, that fills their bucket too.”

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