For most people, the holiday season is a special time of the year spent with family and friends building lasting memories. But for others, the holidays evoke feelings of stress, sadness and loneliness. An increase in stress, a busy work schedule, and missing loved ones (who are no longer with us) are all triggers, which can lead to depression over the holidays. People who have struggled with adverse life events such as divorce, unemployment, bereavement, chronic medical problems, psychological trauma, alcohol or substance abuse are more likely to develop depression.
5 Things You Can Do To Unwind and Find Relief from Depression
#1 Talk to someone. It’s important not to hold in depressive feelings. Talking to someone about how you feel can help significantly.
#2 Try to find something to look forward to during the season. It’s a hectic time. People are running from place to place, and no one really seems to acknowledge one another when they’re busy. Take time to watch your favorite Christmas or holiday movie. Go to a holiday-themed ballet or play or buy gifts for children in need. These things can make us feel more joy almost immediately.
#3 Spend time with loved ones or simply enjoy the atmosphere. If you’ve got a friend that you can do something special with or visit, that can lift the spirit immensely. If you’re new to town or you’re loved ones are traveling, make a point to get out and enjoy the holiday decorations in your neighborhood, or stop by your local coffee shop to people watch. You might just meet someone new.
#4 Find a creative outlet to take in the festivities. Perhaps you love painting, cooking, or making crafts, finding a workshop or class that brings you joy is a great way to feel your worth, and you could always donate or gift what you’ve cooked or made to someone else. Giving is a great way to boost your mood.
#5 Destressing is key. Find the time to meditate, pray, take a warm bath, go to the spa, or exercise, as these can help the body and mind relax and rejuvenate your soul.
When to Seek Help for Depression
When depression lingers for weeks or months, it’s time to speak to your doctor. Symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness, frequent crying episodes, loss of interest in social activities, decreased sex drive, changes in appetite, insomnia or excessive sleeping, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, guilt, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide and poor memory. Nearly 15 million people in the United States are affected by depression.
Lexington Clinic Can Help
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