How Does Halloween Affect Your Mental Health?
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Does your mental health suffer during the Halloween season? While it might be hard to avoid things that scary you, there are things you can do to help control the fear before it turns into anxiety or depression.
Do you get scared easily during the month of October? Halloween can have a profound impact on your mental health if you do not like horror.
Everywhere you look, there are advertisements
It’s nearly impossible to escape seeing something
In this article, we’ll discuss how fear impacts your mental health and provide tips for getting through Halloween and the month of October stress-free.
Halloween And Mental Health Disorders
Although meant to be an entertaining holiday and nothing more, Halloween makes it seem ‘fun’ or ‘cool’ to dress up as a serial killer, psychopath, witch, ghost, or
Many Halloween parties encourage people to channel their dark side, offering prizes for the goriest costume. And while much of this is meant to be fun, it can be very troubling to see someone coated in fake blood or with a fake weapon piercing their body
For those who are sensitive to scary things, it can lead to fear, anxiety, and stress that lasts even when Halloween is over. Some people may even experience samhainophobia or the fear of Halloween.
In some cases, exposure to Halloween parties, trick-or-treating, or scary costumes
How Does Fear Impact Mental Health?
Some people like being scared. They consider it to be a thrilling adventure.
However, research shows that fear can interrupt certain processes in the brain that allow us to read non-verbal cues and regulate emotions before acting. This impacts our ability to act ethically as well as our decision-making and thought processes, making us susceptible to intense and overwhelming emotions. All of which have negative consequences on our minds and bodies.
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, your mind and body are connected. Each emotion is linked to a specific organ in your body.
To better understand this, we asked TCM Physician Lim Sock Ling to explain. “Based on TCM’s principle of holism, our internal organ system and emotions are related. Fear is associated with Kidney while anxiety is associated with Liver Qi Stagnation,” stated Physician Lim.
“Constant fear for prolonged periods could compromise the Kidney system. This could to mental issues, such as
Fear also impacts our ability to form long-term memories. It causes damage to various parts of the brain, including
Tips For Supporting Your Mental Health During Halloween
To help you get through the Halloween holiday, it’s best to avoid things like Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. However, Halloween decorations and scary objects can be found everywhere during the month of October, including grocery stores, gas states, and clothing outlets.
For this reason, you may need to adopt some tactics that help calm you down on the spot when you are exposed to things that scare you. For example, breathing exercises can help control your breathing and stress levels. These can be done on the spot if you see something that scares you.
You can also adopt a TCM approach to managing stress, anxiety, and depression due to Halloween fear by focusing on balancing your emotions and organs.
According to Physician Lim, “TCM adopts the approach of easing Liver
Acupressure can help to promote
- Yin Tang (EX-HN 3)
- Bai Hui (GV 20)
- Shen Men (HT 7)
- Nei Guan (PC 6)
- San Yin Jiao (SP 6)
According to Physician Lim,
- Jujube Date
- Duanwood Reishi
- Licorice Root
- Poria cocos
- Fingered citron
The medicinal mushroom
Focus on sleep
You’ll feel more anxious and
Physician Lim recommends drinking a warm cup of milk, taking a warm shower, and listening to soothing music before bed to promote quality sleep for a restful night.
If you need a little help getting to sleep at night, there are
Lastly, Physician Lim states, “Stretch to your sides to promote Liver
- University of Minnesota. 2016. Impact of Fear and Anxiety.
- Social Psychiatry And Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2015. The role of fear in mental health service users’ experiences: a qualitative exploration.
- Cleveland Clinic. Samhainophobia (Fear of Halloween).
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