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Depression and the Holidays

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When you're depressed, holidays can be hard. They may bring up bad memories, or you may feel as if you're outside looking in at people who are having a good time. But try to take part in some holiday events. It may make you feel better.

Here are some tips for dealing with the holidays.

Try to:

  • Spend time with friends, and do things you enjoy, not only things you feel you have to do.
  • Get plenty of rest. The better you feel, the better a holiday can be.
  • Think about others. Helping those less fortunate than you can make you feel better.
  • Get money off your mind. Money problems are a leading cause of holiday depression. Focus on the spirit of the season.
  • Watch what you eat and drink. Eat healthy foods, watch your portion sizes, and avoid alcohol.

Remember:

  • Be realistic. Try not to build up the holiday too much in your mind.
  • Say no sometimes. People will understand if you don't do things. Wearing yourself out will make you feel worse.
  • It's okay to be sad or lonely. You don't have to be happy just because it's the holiday season.
  • Get help if you need it. Seek out family or friends for support. Community or church groups can help too. If things get bad, talk with your doctor or counselor.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry

Current as ofDecember 7, 2017


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