How To Avoid Depression During the Holidays

Bye Bye Holiday Blues

The holidays are a festive and exciting time of the year.  It’s a time for family, friends and sharing the warmth of the season.  But for some, the holidays are filled with mixed emotions, sadness and even depression. 

For some, the holidays bring out negative thoughts and feelings, and for others, who suffer from depression year-round, can experience an increase in intensity and frequency of problematic symptoms,” said Jessica Haurin, LPC, Program Therapist, Adolescent Supportive Housing. “What causes one person to be sad may not affect another person. We are all individuals and cope with holidays and situations differently.” 

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Some of the sources of depression over the holiday season include: 

  • Stress 
  • Tiredness 
  • Unrealistic expectations 
  • Lack of family or friends to celebrate with 
  • Financial constraints 

Feelings of depression can include stress/anxiety, sleeplessness, headaches, lack of concentration and little to know motivation. 

Here are 8 ways you can help reduce depression and find a way to really enjoy the holiday: 

  1. Set realistic goals that can be achieved.
  2. Make a list of priorities for this time and try to stick with them.
  3. Spread out your energy throughout the month.
  4. Don’t compare this year’s holiday celebrations with those from the past.
  5. Connect with family and friends to avoid loneliness.
  6. Take time for yourself.
  7. Share the responsibilities of celebrations with other family members or friends.
  8. Control your spending and don’t go overboard.
young woman depressed by christmas tree

Remember, keep the holidays in perspective, especially this year with COVID-19 affecting how we socialize with others,” added Haurin.  “By practicing mindfulness towards change we can improve out mental well-being.  All of us can make mental health a priority this time of year.” 

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, counseling and additional support can help. Call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 x9500) for more information about our counseling and telehealth services.