Health & Wellness

HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS & DEPRESSION DURING THE HOLIDAYS

10.31.21

 

The holiday season can trigger depression for many, for a number a reasons. You may not be able to make it home for the holidays, or you may be in a rough financial situation. If you’re going through a difficult time, it can be tough to see others with extra joy in their lives.

Seasonal depression is more common than you may think. Approximately 14 percent of Americans experience some form of the ‘winter blues.’ Christmas and New Year’s Eve often present challenging demands, from never-ending parties to family obligations; these events can come with higher levels of stress.

Symptoms of depression include feeling tired, losing interest in things that once brought you joy, and an inability to focus. If you’re dealing with feelings of stress or depression, know that you aren’t alone.

WAYS TO COMBATE THE HOLIDAY BLUES

Here are nine ways to deal with the holiday blues:

Limit alcohol – Drinking to excess can affect your mood and amplify any negative feelings that you may have. Limit your alcohol intake, and try not to keep it readily available around your house.

Get plenty of sleep – Try to go to bed at a specific time each night. Being well-rested can improve your mood and help you feel ready to take on the day.

Learn to say “no” – Overscheduling and not making time for yourself can lead to emotional breakdowns. Learn how to say “no,” and be firm on your decision.

Be open to new traditions – You may have an image of what you think the holiday should consist of, and this may not be what’s actually happening. Instead of holding on to what ‘should be,’ allow new traditions to unfold.

Spend time with your loved ones – Instead of spending the holidays alone at home, get your friends or family together for a dinner party at your place. The more the merrier! You can spruce things up with lively decorations and add welcoming floral arrangements to your living spaces.

Exercise regularly – Plug in your headphones and pop out for a walk around the block a couple of times a day. A quick 10-minute walk will get your heart rate up and release mood-boosting endorphins.