Reasons for Professional Help for a Better New Year

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People often feel stressed at the start of a new year because it can make them think about where they are in life. No one wants the new year to start off badly. But where and what do you turn to? Well, this New Year, you can get professional help from a number of places.

A Tragic Loss of Someone Close

Death waits for nobody and can strike at any time. In a dark juxtaposition, there are tragic Christmas and New Year deaths, just like there are cheerful births. Yet the emotion of losing someone over the holidays or at the start of the new year can be heightened because these times are commonly associated with goodwill and happy memories. As such, conditions like prolonged grief disorder can occur to the point where a professional counselor is needed.

The End of a Romantic Relationship

Most of the time, loss from death is associated with sadness and grief. There are other kinds of loss, though. So, after a breakup, you might feel so sad that you fall into a deep depression. Especially if you have been in a serious relationship with someone for a long time. And since Valentine's Day comes early in the new year, it only makes you feel sad when you think about the good times you had with someone you loved on that most romantic of special days.

You May Need Professional Help for Workplace Anxiety

It's very common to feel worried or stressed out about work. About 40% of people feel stressed out because of problems at work. And when people come back from a break, they feel it even more and stronger. Since you may have had a long break over the holidays, going back to work can be stressful. As you try to catch up, you might feel out of place and not good enough. In this case, book some time with a counselor at work to help you get back on your feet.

Coping with Rising Energy Costs

The price of energy has gone past the point of no return. In the past six months, prices have gone up so much that many people can't afford to heat their homes this winter. And there are no signs that the price will go down soon. A recent survey in the UK found that one in four people who can't pay for their energy is severely depressed because of it. As a result, charities for mental health all over the world have set up phone lines to deal directly with this ongoing issue.

Worrying About the Cost of Food

Food prices have been steadily going up, just like energy prices. Some people have to choose between eating and heating because these two things are tied together. In a modern world, this should not be okay. But it is a fact of life in the 21st century. Food banks will never turn you away if you are having trouble feeding your family. But you can also call a helpline and talk to someone about how to deal with the stress of not being able to feed yourself.

The Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

COVID-19 is the worst thing to happen in this century. As of now, almost 7 million people have died from getting the virus. But even if you were lucky enough to live, the long-term effects on your mental health are terrible. The following are some of the more troubling effects:

  • Because of survivor's guilt, there is more stress, depression, and anxiety.

  • Because of the virus, they are still having trouble breathing.

  • Hearing problems, such as tinnitus and hearing loss.

  • Having cramps, diarrhea, and feeling sick all the time are all signs of illness.

  • Flu-like symptoms that don't go away, like a sore throat, coughing, and stuffy nose.

  • You lose your ability to smell and taste, which makes it sad to eat.

  • Damage to your internal organs, such as the liver and kidneys.

  • Ongoing cardiac issues are made deadly if there are pre-existing conditions.

  • A persistent worry that you might get the illness again if it resurfaces.

Just one of these long-term effects of COVID can have a terrible effect on your mental health. For example, if you can't taste or smell, you might not enjoy food as much and eat less. Because of this, you will suffer malnutrition. See a doctor right away if you have any of these.

Going Through Relationship Issues

Almost everyone will have trouble with a relationship at some point. It could be as simple as giving someone the silent treatment. Or something a lot worse, like thinking about getting a divorce or splitting up. No matter what the problem is, it will cause you a lot of stress and pressure in your personal life and could affect your work. And the effects will also be felt by your children. Fortunately, relationship counselors are very good at helping couples through this.

Financial Trouble After the Holidays

Most people just want to have a great Christmas, especially if they have kids. Because you can treat yourself, get together, and make happy memories at least once a year. But too often, money problems make this hard to see. The holidays are getting more and more expensive. The average US family spends more than $1,500 on the holidays. But it can cost more than just money. So get free advice about money and do things to reduce stress after Christmas.

Seek Professional Help Immediately when Self Harming 

When you have a lot of anxiety or stress, you don't always know it because you don't know the signs. They can be small things, like fidgeting or making sounds. Self-harm, on the other hand, is a very real and obvious sign that someone is in trouble. Self-harm can be anything from picking at your skin to the point of bleeding to burning your skin. For some people, it can be a way to feel better. But if you hurt yourself in any way, you should get help right away.

Substance and Alcohol Abuse

A lot of us like to celebrate the start of the new year with a party and a few drinks. And it's pretty much the only white wine you can drink a little too much of and still feel okay about it. But you probably have a big problem if you party like it's the first of the year every weekend or even during the week. This could include having a couple of drinks or doing drugs like cocaine. There are a lot of online resources for people who are addicted to drugs. And you can see your doctor.

Trouble Finding a Well-Paid Job

It's a new year, and you're a new person. I know you hate this line, but it's true. Well, you're not really different. But many people use the beginning of a new year to take stock of their lives and set new goals. But setting goals can also show you what you need to work on. And career goals are often a part of that. Most businesses aren't advertising right now because of the economy. And it's not always easy to get a new job. So, use sites like Indeed for professional advice.


Professional help comes in all shapes and sizes. And because people often make resolutions at the beginning of a new year, services are often busier than usual this time of year. You should get help if you've lost someone, are having trouble with COVID, or want to change careers.


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