Let’s face it, the holidays aren’t happy times for everyone.  Amidst all the parties, celebrations, family gatherings, shopping, and gift giving there are those who are suffering from depression.  Depression is much more common in women than in men, but the reason for this is unclear.  Studies have shown that 15% of women have taken (or will take) an antidepressant during their lifetime.
There are many reasons why someone can feel depressed around this time of the year.  It could be the loss of a loved one, end of a marriage/relationship, illness, financial issues, stress, and the list goes on. The good news is that there are ways to prevent the onset of depression. Here are five helpful tips to tell you how:
  • Keep in mind that taking care of oneself is a gift to everyone else because everyone ends up having a happier and healthier holiday.
  • Instead of making yourself go through the ordeal of sending out paper Christmas cards, send electronic ones instead. Amazon have a good selection of free holiday e-cards.
  • Define your personal limits and then stick to them. Decide for yourself how much you want to participate in activities, entertain guests, visit with relatives, or travel during the holidays.

  • Make sure you are exercising daily and sending more oxygen to your brain cells. The result of exercise will improve your health as well as your attitude.
  • Try to stay away from the alcohol that’s flowing freely this time of year. Very simply, alcohol is a depressant. It’s the last thing you need. It may relieve the pain for a little while, but you’ll probably end up feeling sad and maudlin.

For additional info you might like to try:

Holiday Blues: Rediscovering the Art of Celebration; A 12-Month Guide to Getting Everything You Want Out of Holidays and Family Gatherings [Hardcover]

The Family Gathering Survival Plan [Paperback]

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