Holiday Depression Common

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The holiday season can sometimes bring on feelings of stress and depression. And it’s no wonder with high expectations, spending money, and other holiday concerns, we can become more sad than joyful this time of year. It can be especially difficult to deal with when one is already struggling mentally.

Preparing yourself this holiday season can help and even cheer you up! It’s important among the hustle and bustle to make time for yourself. Schedule a time during the day that is just for you-take a walk, read a book, or just rest. Don’t become fixated on what the holidays are supposed to be like and how you think you’re supposed to feel. Take each day as it comes and try not to compare yourself to others. Starting a new family tradition may be way to bring back the cheer. Family’s often feel obligated to keep old traditions that no one may really enjoy anymore. Come up with something new and exciting!

If you happen to be alone or have feeling of loneliness seek out community, spiritual and other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others is a good way to lift spirits and broaden friendships. If you have family issues or difference, try putting those aside and bringing everyone together. Find a better time to discuss your differences-chances are they may be feeling the same way you are.

If your holiday blues are because of past losses, use the holidays to help you complete your mourning and finish grieving. If you can try to accept the loss and the feelings that go along with it, the intensity of the bad feelings will lessen. It might be difficult and will require effort, but once you complete grieving you will be able to experience good feelings once again.

Don’t let the holidays become something you dread. Take the proper steps to prevent stress and depression that can descend during the holiday season. Learn to recognize your triggers and with some pre-planning and positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during this time of year.


Categories: Health News, Las Vegas Hospice Service Education
Tags: CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, Las Vegas, Nevada, Southern Nevada


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