Once again, the winter holiday season is upon us. This is a time of year with many gatherings of friends, co-workers, and family. At one of these gatherings, someone who you care about shares that they suffer from depression. You want to be supportive, but don’t want to say or do anything to make matters worse.
Seasonal Blues, Holiday Blues, Winter Depression – that drag-down feeling that hits many of us this time of year. While some folks are happily decorating their homes, gleefully buying gifts, or merrily planning those holiday meals, others are dragging themselves from bed and rolling their eyes at one more sweet bread that appears in the employee breakroom.
The holidays are right around the corner and many of us are busy with preparations; visions of happy gatherings, bonding over delicious family meals and other traditions fill our thoughts.
For some however, the holidays are also a time of heightened stress and anxiety. You may be worried about finding the perfect gifts or concerned about the financial strain that comes with doing so. Perhaps you are burdened with travel itineraries or juggling too many commitments.
If you suffer from depression or recently experienced a loss, this time of year can be especially difficult. You may find yourself shying away from it all, finding solace in isolation, only to fall into a deeper depression.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your stress level under control and better enjoy the holidays:
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