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Seasonal Wellness

The 'happiest' season of the year may also be the toughest for you.


The holidays can be wonderful for some, and hard for others. The hustle and bustle can be very stressful and it can trigger difficult feelings. This is especially true for those who may struggle with stress or anxiety, challenging family relationships, or substance use health.  

Wellness Together Canada has partnered with Vivek Shraya, Andrian Makhnachov and Jamie Pandit to share their insights and lived experiences when it comes to navigating the challenges of the holidays. 

During the conversation, Andrian shares warm memories of gathering with his family in the Ukraine and the difficulties of being away from them. Vivek talks about starting new traditions with chosen family, and gives tips on taking the pressure off during an already busy time of year. And Jamie explores how her experience of the holiday season has changed as her relationships with family members have evolved over the years.

Real Holiday Tales

There is no right way to feel or act during the holidays. Many people experience a wide range of emotions - it isn’t always a joyous time, and that’s okay. Talking openly about the realities many of us face during the holiday season can help us feel less alone. 

Wellness Together Canada offers resources on many different mental health and substance use health topics, including:

You can also connect with a community of support, or speak with a counsellor free of charge, any time of the day. 

Additional resources to explore:

Managing worryManaging low moodSuccess/coping with stress
Strengthening relationships