Tips for Combating Holiday Depression

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The holidays can be a fun and joyful time for some, but sad and stressful time for others. Loneliness, unrealistic expectations, and financial troubles can cause anyone worries, but especially people that are prone to depression.

Plan Time for Yourself

Between all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, make sure you plan time for yourself. Set aside time for relaxing pastimes you enjoy such as reading a book, yoga, or taking a nap.

Focus on What Matters

The holidays shouldn’t be all about the presents. Focus on the important things during the holiday season such as spending time with friends and family.

Forget Perfection

From decorating to looking for the best gifts, trying to make the holiday season perfect can put much unnecessary stress on yourself. Set realistic goals and reach out to friends and family to share the tasks.

Cut Back on Commitments

Figure out what you really want to do during the holidays, and make sure you prioritize those things. It’s okay to say no to everything else.

Don’t Isolate Yourself.

The holidays can be a sad time for people that don’t have anyone to celebrate with. Reach out to others that may be lonely.  If you don’t have anyone to be with, volunteer to help those in need.