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Coping With Depression During the Holidays

by on Saturday, December 5th, 2020

Holiday Stress

The holidays may be known as the “happiest time of the year.” However, this is not true for many individuals across the world. While the holidays are often filled with cheerful music and sparkling lights, some individuals still struggle with depression during these celebratory times. Someone exhibiting depressive symptoms may feel as though they are bringing everyone down or ruining the festivities. The pressure to have a good time can significantly worsen these feelings. However, these feelings are entirely valid, and there are ways to cope with them as you celebrate this time of year. 

What Causes Holiday Depression?

Everyone has their reasons for struggling with depression, but holidays may worsen symptoms. Holiday depression is often related to several things, such as:

  • Financial concerns
  • Grief
  • Estrangement from family or friends
  • Stress
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Loneliness
  • Separation or divorce
  • Trying to please everyone

From gifts to loss to financial concerns and more, the holidays can be a tumultuous time for many people. Remembering this and being accommodating of friends and family that feel this way can help them cope with the holidays and get through them with a sense of joy.

Tips for Coping

There are various ways to lift your mood and help deal with holiday depression. One of the most important things to remember is not to isolate yourself. Isolation can lead to further negative feelings and not allow you to better your mood. You should also not forget that there are people that want to see you during the holidays. Reach out to friends and family if you feel low, as someone is sure to want to lift your spirits.

To avoid stress during the holidays, give yourself plenty of time to buy presents and wrap them – last-minute gift buying may cause feelings of stress. Make sure to send all of your presents out on time, scheduling your days to ensure this. 

If worst comes to worst and you need a pick me up, you can sit by the fire or take a warm bath. Warmth is associated with a lifted mood and relaxation, which can alleviate the feelings of depression. Allow yourself to feel, but remember that these feelings will pass. 

At Restorations Therapy, we want you to enjoy the holidays to the best of your ability. However, we understand that it can’t be joy and candy canes all the time. If you find yourself feeling low, remember that the feeling is temporary. You can reach out and be around others, which will help to lift your spirits and distract you. You can also take time for yourself and relax to alleviate feelings of depression. Be sure to plan accordingly to keep stress levels down, and always remember that you will survive this time of year. The holidays don’t have to be the most magical time of the year, but you should try to make the most of them. If you need help coping with depression during the holiday season, contact Restorations Therapy today at (720) 446-6585. We are here to help you and want to wish you a happy holiday season!

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