Surviving the Holiday Season

As I am back in my hometown to be with my family during this holiday season, there is so much laughter, joy but also unwanted questions coming towards my way.

The number one question I was asked

“You are taking the LOWEST possible dosage of your SSRI right?”

The answer is, no.

My psychiatrist suggested going up a notch to tackle my OCD symptoms a bit better.

When I share this news, everyone immediately look sad and even worse – disappointed.

It was hard to answer the same question as I continuously met with familiar faces back in my hometown. This led me to doubting the progress I’ve made since my diagnosis.

But I wasn’t going to let my mental illness take me down like that again.

I wanted to share few things I learned lately to make this Holliday season a bit more… “Bearable” (in terms of our mental health)

I learned the hard way that I don’t have to be completely honest with everyone. From my distant relatives to acquaintances that came across my social media, they are familiar with my blogging journey with my mental health this past year. However, that doesn’t mean they get the right to know every bit of my life.

I was so guilty at first not being transparent with everyone – but now I know. Sometimes, you need to put yourself before others to protect yourself.

I’ve been also keeping in touch with relationships I formed from my support group, which has been immensely helpful. Even as we are spread throughout the globe for this season, knowing a group of people who knows and care about my mental health is just a text message away gives me so much peace. Finding my niche and support was honestly one of the best things that happened to me this year.

I would love to hear what are your tips on not only getting through this hectic time of the year, but to also enjoy the holiday season.

Stay warm,




9 thoughts on “Surviving the Holiday Season

  1. I love this blog. That look of disappointment when family or friends dont like what they hear can be heart wrenching. I have been on the recieving end of this so many times. My parents are the worse as they really do not understand my illness. Wishing you a lovely festive season. Enjoy the warmth of those that support you.

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  2. As an introvert, this time of year I stay more inside myself. I keep to my writing and school keeping my head down. You have to keep yourself healthy first and not everyone needs to know what you are up to in your mental health. Stay strong. This is the worst time of the year for mental health.

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  3. Great post! I can relate. It’s saddening though still. How can the ‘happiest time of the year’ also make you feel the same way as the rest of the year, the anxiety, the deep sadness, it’s all still there! Mental health, depression, anxiety, it doesn’t wait for Christmas – not to mention New Years, to be over to resurface. It remains. Which means, I try to make more of an effort to try to keep calm. But the extra people that are out on the streets makes it hard to take in.
    Hang in there Haelim, you’re not alone!

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