Depression and the Holidays: How to cope?
- 348 views
- 11 times supported
- 22 comments
How are you doing?
Now that the holiday season is upon us, I thought I'd open this discussion for us to talk about depression during this period. While for many the holidays are a period of joy, celebration, and gathering with family and friends, for others it is a time that brings sadness, loneliness, anxiety, or depression.
Here are a few helpful tips for coping with stress and depression around the holidays:
- Acknowledge your feelings: Take a moment now and then to check in with yourself and how you are feeling. Are things hectic at work? Did you have an argument with a friend? Have you lost someone close to you? Remember that it is normal to feel stress, frustration, sadness, or grief and that it is ok to take some time to express those feelings. You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.
- Be open to change: While the greeting cards and movies may create a certain image of the holidays, know that things don't have to be "perfect", or even like they were last year. This year more than ever, they way we celebrate may be different, and that's ok. Find new ways to keep traditions alive or create new ones by connecting through pictures, emails or videos, or connect virtually through video call. Our holiday plans may look different this year, but we can still find ways to celebrate.
- Reach out: If you're feeling sad or lonely, reach out to someone and share how you feel. Talking to a friend or family member about your concerns can help, so don't be afraid to send a text or make a call or video chat. In these times many community, religious, or support groups have gone digital - check local websites or social media for online events or services for a sense of community or companionship. Helping others can also raise your spirits and deepen your friendships, consider sending a card or dropping off a meal to a friend's porch this holiday season!
- Take a breather: Be attuned to your needs and make some time for yourself. Take a moment to do something you enjoy or find relaxing on your own, be it listening to music, reading a book, or going for a walk. Spending just 15 minutes on your own can be a great refresher.
- Don't abandon healthy habits: The holidays are period often filled with good food and relaxing, but when it gets to be too much the overindulgence can add to your stress or guilt. Try to:
- Get enough sleep
- Eat balanced, healthy meals
- Have a health snack before a holiday meal so that you don't overindulge
- Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity in each day
- Try relaxation techniques when you need it, such as deep breathing, yoga, or meditation
- Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, or drug use
- Don't be afraid to cut off the screens - our fast-paced information culture can be stressful and overwhelming, make sure to adjust the time you spend reading or watching the news or on social media if needed
And you, what do you think? What are the holidays like for you? Do you have a hardder time with your depression around the holidays? How do you manage your depression this time of year?
@Peggkeyli12 @Jagger3 @Debinoh @Kylevanderwal @Kykio58 @MoNTee @LauraJ @Izzycummings @Ahepko @Y00min @Sbw868 @JayWilliams @Nanny72 @Mayhermuth @Liril61 @Richintalent @Sheli70 @Demonswithin101 @Sue827
Feel free to share your thoughts and advice here, we're all here to help and support one another!
All commentsGo to the last comment
How are you doing?
As we all prepare for Thankgiving tomorrow, I thought I would revive this discussion from last year.
Are the holidays a difficult time for you with your depression? What do you do during the season to take care of yourself and your mental health?
@Scarlett0903 @Karmakkazzi @roomir @Sherine @francisdud @xhan_36_ @Lucy66 @Noragetsbetter28
See the signature
Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity US
I just keep myself away from the outside world as much as I can because i can't really cop with it. What they do, think and say are totally different from mine. I don't know if am the one who's the problem but i totally don't fit into my society.... maybe because am introverted or something i don't really know
And broken. Another Christmas even to spend alone and no one ever to have again.
See the signature
Members are also commenting on...
Articles to discover...
06/29/2022 | Testimonial
06/16/2022 | News
03/09/2022 | Testimonial
08/17/2018 | Testimonial
08/29/2018 | News
10/10/2018 | Testimonial
01/21/2020 | Testimonial