Counter holiday depression with care.

The holiday season can be a time of cheer and merriment, but for some it can also be a time of stress and sadness. For people who may already be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter months, the holidays can add an extra layer of sadness or depression. You may be experiencing, or know someone dealing with loss, loneliness, family conflict, divorce, a break-up, or mental illness, which may be exacerbated by this additional seasonal stimulation. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to prescribe yourself some major self-care or to reach out to a friend, relative, or even an acquaintance who may be experiencing the holiday blues.

Perhaps you’re not experiencing one of the above, but still feel depression and anxiety creeping into your festivities. Often this can arise if we take on more than what is doable and enjoyable. You may be staying up late preparing for a big feast or running all over the place for last minute gifts, but it is super important to simply experience good things in the moment, and let go of some of the details. Being present can make a huge difference.

If your family or friends tend to be the big stresser don’t be afraid to establish holiday boundaries. Remember to protect yourself so that you can enjoy these times as much as possible.

Exercise is another great way to counter depression. Self care may look like getting up 20 minutes early to do your morning yoga, run, or gym visit. Try your best to get out of the house, even if it’s just for a cup of coffee.

If you feel able to dedicate a few minutes to reach out to a loved one, please do so. People who experience depression may not have the ability to share their experience with others. Depending on what type of relationship you have with this person, it may change how you should help. Remember to be sensitive and be sure to read up to educate yourself before jumping in.

One easy way to care for others is by sharing suicide hotline information on your social media:

National Suicide Prevention Life Line:

1-800-273-8255

Trans Life Line hotline number:

US: (877) 565-8860

CANADA: (877) 330-6366

 
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