Holidays at Hopewell House Group Home In Northern Virginia

The holidays are a joyful time of year. Unfortunately, the holidays can also be stressful, particularly for those already suffering from a mental illness such as depression. What causes the so-called holiday blues and what are some strategies for coping? How do we celebrate the holidays with our residents at Hopewell House?

The Holiday Blues

Many factors at this time of year can exacerbate negative feelings. It can be even worse for those already struggling with mental health conditions.

  • Unrealistic expectations. Wanting everything to be "perfect" can come at a high cost. Social media and Christmas cards sharing nothing but triumphs and happy news can add to feelings of inadequacy.
  • Financial stress. The pressure to buy the perfect gift can result in stress, guilt, and debt.
  • Lower light levels. Seasonal affective disorder is no joke. Short days and decreased daylight can affect your mood.
  • Family issues. Family gatherings can be tense, thanks to personality conflicts and miscommunication about expectations. Alternately, many feel lonely and isolated from family and friends.
  • Overindulgence in alcohol or unhealthy food. It's easy to go overboard at parties and gatherings. Alcohol can trigger a downward spiral of guilt and stress, as can overeating.

Self-care for the Holidays

The holidays can be a source of joy instead of stress. Some tips for managing the holiday blues include:

  • Set realistic expectations. Are you trying to meet someone else's unobtainable expectations? Or your own?
  • Scale back holiday buying. Set a budget for your holiday shopping, including gifts, food, decoration, and all those other little things (like gift wrap) that add up.
  • Keep up healthy habits. Limit treats and alcohol, maintain healthy sleep habits, and exercise regularly to keep your mood up.
  • Get help. You don't have to go it alone. Speak to your mental health professional about your concerns. Connect with friends and family who can be a help, or a support group.

The Holidays at Hopewell House

At Hopewell House, we understand that while the holidays can be joyful and fun, they can also be very difficult for people afflicted with depression, manic depression, schizophrenia, and other disorders. Our unique group homes for adults suffering from mental illness offer a pace and hope. Our warm, responsive staff (our Behavior Coaches) provide a supportive environment for daily living and for integration with the wider community.

How do we help our residents through the holiday season?

  • We provide support and coaching as residents establish and maintaining healthy daily routines: meals, exercise, medication, and more.
  • We also assist residents as they pursue treatment with mental health providers.
  • We offer support for social activities and gatherings throughout the holiday season.
  • Our homes create a pleasant atmosphere with seasonal decorations. Residents enjoy our beautiful gardens even in winter.
  • Finally, we plan outings to special events such as concerts. As a group home in Northern Virginia, Hopewell House has access to special holiday activities throughout the Fairfax, Northern Virginia, and greater Washington, DC area.

For those struggling with mental illnesses, the holidays can be tough. Simple coping strategies can really help. When it comes to our residents, Hopewell House provides a warm place to call home for the holidays, no matter how cold it gets outside.

The holidays are a joyful time of year. Unfortunately, the holidays can also be stressful, particularly for those already suffering from a mental illness such as depression. What causes the so-called holiday blues and what are some strategies for coping? How do we celebrate the holidays with our residents at Hopewell House?

The Holiday Blues

Many factors at this time of year can exacerbate negative feelings. It can be even worse for those already struggling with mental health conditions.

  • Unrealistic expectations. Wanting everything to be "perfect" can come at a high cost. Social media and Christmas cards sharing nothing but triumphs and happy news can add to feelings of inadequacy.
  • Financial stress. The pressure to buy the perfect gift can result in stress, guilt, and debt.
  • Lower light levels. Seasonal affective disorder is no joke. Short days and decreased daylight can affect your mood.
  • Family issues. Family gatherings can be tense, thanks to personality conflicts and miscommunication about expectations. Alternately, many feel lonely and isolated from family and friends.
  • Overindulgence in alcohol or unhealthy food. It's easy to go overboard at parties and gatherings. Alcohol can trigger a downward spiral of guilt and stress, as can overeating.

Self-care for the Holidays

The holidays can be a source of joy instead of stress. Some tips for managing the holiday blues include:

  • Set realistic expectations. Are you trying to meet someone else's unobtainable expectations? Or your own?
  • Scale back holiday buying. Set a budget for your holiday shopping, including gifts, food, decoration, and all those other little things (like gift wrap) that add up.
  • Keep up healthy habits. Limit treats and alcohol, maintain healthy sleep habits, and exercise regularly to keep your mood up.
  • Get help. You don't have to go it alone. Speak to your mental health professional about your concerns. Connect with friends and family who can be a help, or a support group.

The Holidays at Hopewell House

At Hopewell House, we understand that while the holidays can be joyful and fun, they can also be very difficult for people afflicted with depression, manic depression, schizophrenia, and other disorders. Our unique group homes for adults suffering from mental illness offer a pace and hope. Our warm, responsive staff (our Behavior Coaches) provide a supportive environment for daily living and for integration with the wider community.

How do we help our residents through the holiday season?

  • We provide support and coaching as residents establish and maintaining healthy daily routines: meals, exercise, medication, and more.
  • We also assist residents as they pursue treatment with mental health providers.
  • We offer support for social activities and gatherings throughout the holiday season.
  • Our homes create a pleasant atmosphere with seasonal decorations. Residents enjoy our beautiful gardens even in winter.
  • Finally, we plan outings to special events such as concerts. As a group home in Northern Virginia, Hopewell House has access to special holiday activities throughout the Fairfax, Northern Virginia, and greater Washington, DC area.

For those struggling with mental illnesses, the holidays can be tough. Simple coping strategies can really help. When it comes to our residents, Hopewell House provides a warm place to call home for the holidays, no matter how cold it gets outside.

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