Kesha Talks Holidays and Mental Health in Open Letter

The holidays aren't happy times for everyone.

December 4, 2017

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This time of year is merry and bright, right? Not so much for everyone. The holidays tend to cause people more stress and can even make depression and anxiety worse than any other time of year. 

People tend to have more social obligations during this time of year and it can make it hard for some to deal. Also, this is the time of year when more people drink and seem to have less control. They use it as a coping mechanism to deal with the stress.

Kesha had an amazing 2017 after she came back after all of the Dr. Luke drama with her "Rainbow" album. It was actually one of the top 10 albums of the year according to Rolling Stone Magazine. Kesha's been very transparent about her battle with mental health and wrote a letter about dealing with it during the holidays for Time Magazine.

Her letter is spot on and really drives home the importance of self care. She says, "it's not selfish to take time for yourself." This is the singer's mantra for the Holiday season. If you aren't in a good headspace, take time for yourself. Read a book, workout, go for a drive, or see your therapist. These are just a few great ways to help yourself during this stressful time of year. 

She goes on to say, "It’s not your responsibility to try to make the whole world happy. Especially since sometimes it’s not that easy to make yourself happy, either — even with all the celebrations and gifts and seasonal decorations, foods and drinks, which can only do so much." 

If you're struggling this year, talk to someone about it. There are so many amazing resources like grief couselors, therapists, and community members that will welcome you with open arms and won't judge you for not being happy during Christmas.