Coping with Depression During the Holidays

During this time of year, the media would have us believe we should all feel merry and bright. Sadly, that's not always the case. Many people experience depression during the holiday season. Some of the most common reasons people experience depression during the holidays are:

  • Financial Hardship-"Tis the season to be jolly," unless your credit cards are maxed out and your bank account is overdrawn. Not having a budget to buy loved ones presents can feel devastating.

  • Stress- It's easy to become overwhelmed from the added stress of shopping, planning, and travel.

  • Grief and Loneliness- Many people feel incredibly lonely during the holidays. Whether it's from being single, recently divorced, or having just lost a loved one, the holidays are often a reminder of what we don't have but wish we did.

If you can relate to some of these reasons and are looking for some relief, here are some ways you can cope with depressed mood this holiday season:

  • Feel Your Feelings- Your instinct may be to put on a brave face for friends and family but forcing yourself to be happy for the sake of others will only make matters worse. It's important to be honest about your feelings. Sadness and grief are a part of life, no matter the season, and it is 100% okay for you to feel your feelings.

  • Give Something Besides Money- If a lack of finances is the source of your low mood, look for other ways you can give to others. At the end of the day, thoughtful gifts from your heart will leave the greatest impression.

  • Focus on Self-Care- It's important to take care of yourself by eating right, drinking water, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. While these things are important throughout the entire year, they are particularly important for those suffering from depression during the holidays.

  • Seek Help- Depression is nothing to take lightly. If your depression has lingered, is getting worse, or you're having suicidal thoughts, it it imperative that you seek help from a professional. A qualified professional will be able to help you navigate your overwhelming emotions and also offer tools to manage symptoms.

If you would like to explore treatment options, please get in touch with me. I would be happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help. You do not have to suffer alone.

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