Prioritizing mental health, wellness during the holidays


For most, the holidays are full of laughter and cheer, but not everyone feels merry and bright during this time of year, especially when it comes to mental health. The holiday season is in full swing, but if you’re not feeling the most festive, don’t worry—you’re not alone. “It’s part of being human, and I think we all experience it at different levels, at different times of our lives,” said Dr. Sheerli Ratner, a clinical psychologist at MetroHealth who says she calls this time of the year the “holiday blues.” “We’re so expected to be joyous, when really, our mind and body and spirit [are] crying,” she explained. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in February of 2021, more than 40% of adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression. But there are some things you can do to beat the holiday blues. Kierra Cotton reports:

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