Coping With Depression During the Holidays
The holidays are rapidly approaching; what is seen as the “most wonderful time of the year” for most, because of the colorful, beaming lights, family gatherings and hearty food, can be a very hard time to push through for most others. Whether you’re down because of financial hardships, have lost someone precious to you during this season or don’t have any loved ones to spend this season with and feel alone, it is important you find healthy ways to cope. Spiked eggnog and cider can be tempting and may seem like the perfect things to over indulge in to get you through it, but here at Rebloom we’d love to help you identify what’s triggering your depression this season and combat them without relying on alcohol or substances. Below, we have listed 10 ways to cope with stress and depression during the holiday season (source: www.psychcentral.com):
- Make plans in advance, so you know how and with whom your holidays will be spent. Uncertainty and putting off decision-making add enormous stress.
- Shop early and allow time to wrap and mail packages to avoid the shopping crunch.
- Ask for help from your family and children. Women tend to think they have to do everything, when a team effort can be more fun.
- Shame prevents people from being open about gift-giving when they can’t afford it. Instead of struggling to buy a gift, let your loved ones know how much you care and would like to, but can’t afford it. That intimate moment will relieve your stress and nourish you both.
- Don’t allow perfectionism to wear you down. Remember it’s being together and goodwill that matters.
- Make time to rest and rejuvenate even amid the pressure of getting things done. This will give you more energy.
- Research has shown that warmth improves mood. If you’re sad or lonely, treat yourself to a warm bath or cup of hot tea.
- Spend time alone to reflect and grieve, if necessary. Pushing down feelings leads to depression. Let yourself feel. Then do something nice for yourself and socialize.
- Don’t isolate. Reach out to others who also may be lonely. If you don’t have someone to be with, volunteer to help those in need. It can be very uplifting and gratifying.
The signs of depression are feelings of sadness, worthlessness or guilt, crying, loss of interest in usual activities, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, social withdrawal, and changes in sleep, weight, or appetite. If these symptoms are severe or continue for a few weeks and you’ve noticed an increasing use of substances to cope, more than the holidays may be the cause. Seek professional help and contact us to book our addiction therapy services here.