What Not to Forget During the Holidays

December 22, 2023

Hallmark movies, Christmas lights, #2023wrapped–the holidays and end of year celebrations are in full swing! But no matter the time of year, it’s always good to have a plan for your health. Thankfully, you’ve got Fact Not Fiction here to supply info for keeping your days merry and bright from now through the end of the year.


Pre-Trip BC Check

If you’re traveling this holiday, be sure you have enough birth control (if you’re on the pill) to take during your time away. Even if you’re on a more permanent BC method, be sure to bring other contraceptives, like condoms, to prevent pregnancy and STIs and stay safe!


Remember: Time Isn’t Running Out

With party highlights, stories, and travel pics circulating on social media, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out or need to have a “big moment” before the end of 2023. But, don’t let the FOMO pressure you into making decisions you aren’t 100% comfortable with. 

If you’re celebrating the new year with an SO, talk to them ahead of time about your mutual expectations for the holidays and stay true to your boundaries. Remember, you should never feel pressured or obligated to have sex with someone at any time in a relationship. 


Check the Stress

Even for people with “golden-retriever energy,” parties, travel, and constantly catching up, can cause stress and emotional fatigue. Knowing what signs your body exhibits when it’s stressed can help you recognize when to step back and relax. This is especially helpful for those who have a harder time during the winter months due to SAD.

Chart from Mayo Clinic

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects 1 in 20 teens and can negatively impact their ability to be social and manage stressful situations. SAD is caused by hormonal changes, usually brought on by the lack of sun during the winter months.

If you feel you are experiencing SAD symptoms, depression screenings are available at most clinics. Check out our clinic finder to locate an office near you! 

Also, please keep in mind that if you are having feelings of depression, it’s important to talk to a trusted adult or parent about those feelings. There’s also help available 24/7 through 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline–just call or text 988!


Where to Learn More

Here’s to a great holiday season! For more information, check out the resources below: 

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