Depression can feel amplified around the holidays. There are high expectations of presents and parties, worrying about how to pay for all those things, and the added pressure of dealing with family more during this time of the year. These are all triggers that can cause feelings of depression or make someone already suffering feel it more strongly.
You don’t have to succumb to depression around the holidays, though. Take some time to slow down so that you don’t get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. You may be able to prevent triggers, or ease the feelings associated with depression, by following a few of these tips. For the best Wilmington alcohol rehab center to help with holiday drinking problems, call Legacy today!
Lower your expectations.
Don’t get too caught up in the presents and parties. Feeling as if you have to live up to some expectation you’ve seen in a movie can make you feel inferior, which can lead to feelings of depression. Choose what you think is important and celebrate those aspects. You don’t have to “keep with up the Joneses” in order to have a happy holiday season. Comparing yourself to others leads to feelings of inadequacy and is related to depression.
In between parties and shopping, take some time to slow down. Go to a movie. Get a foot massage as a gift to yourself. Curl up on the couch and read a book by the light of the Christmas tree. The holidays are a chance to reflect on your blessings of the past year. Give yourself some quiet time to do that. Having gratitude can ward off sad feelings.
Don’t say yes to everything.
Just because three of your neighbors are having parties doesn’t mean that you have to go to all of them. Attending involves a side dish or hostess gift for each one, plus three different festive outfits. You can say no to some events. Pick the ones that mean the most to you and your family. If you don’t feel obligated to attend everything you are invited to, your stress levels won’t skyrocket.
Take an inventory of your feelings.
Your feelings towards the holidays may be related to sad events that occurred around those times. A family member may have passed away around Christmas, or you may have had a heartbreaking experience toward the end of the year that still stings. It’s okay to feel sad about those things. Your feelings may be heightened because everything seems to go up a notch around the holidays. Talking with someone about what happened and how it makes you feel may help.
Think about others.
If you are alone over the holidays, volunteer. You can offer to babysit friends’ kids for free or check with a local nonprofit to see how you can help them out. Don’t sit at home alone. Go out and do something for someone else. Chances are, you’ll feel better and you may even make new friends.
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