10 Tips for Overcoming Depression at the Holidays

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Overcoming Depression

Don’t dread the holidays! Learn to recognize your depression triggers, then use these 10 Tips for yourself or someone you love. You may save a life.



First of all, if it’s an emergency, stop right now and call 911 or Lifeline Crisis Chat at 800-273 TALK (8255)

1. Acknowledge your feelings, because feelings buried alive never die.

2. Reach out. You’ve heard of a “runner’s high”? You can get the same emotional boost as a result of helping another person!

3. Be realistic. Set your expectations a bit lower and stop aiming for a fairy tale holiday.

4. Set aside differences. Accept family members and friends as they are. Now isn’t the time to settle old arguments and/or grievances.

5. Stick to a budget. You can’t “buy” happiness — for yourself or from others. Decide ahead of time what you’ll spend, then stick to it. Remember, that credit card bill WILL SHOW UP next month.

Try these alternatives:

-Offer a spiritual bouquet
-Donate to a charity in someone’s name.
-Make and give homemade gifts.
-Start a “Secret Santa” or individual family gift exchange.

6. Plan ahead. As the saying goes, “Plan your work and work your plan.” Now may be the time to plan to get some help — either hired or from friends and family.

7. Learn to say no. Once you’ve planned your time (#6 above), then only say “yes” to things that fit in your plan. Self-care and setting boundaries is being charitable to yourself as well as to others. Saying “yes” can leave you feeling resentful as well as overwhelmed.

8. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Depression is directly linked to sugar and grains — especially wheat. Most of all, overindulging — whether it’s food or alcohol — will only pile on the stress and guilt.

Try these suggestions:
-Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets or alcohol
-Get plenty of sleep.
-Get 30-mminutes of walking in each day.

9. Take a time out. Be alone, in silence or with your favorite sounds/music, for a few minutes every day. Go for a walk. Get a massage. Play an instrument.

10. Finally, seek professional help if you need it. If you feel persistently sad, anxious, experience insomnia, or feel unable to ‘face the day’, talk to someone. Either a friend or mental health professional. Call 911 or Lifeline Crisis Chat 800-273 TALK (8255)

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