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Coping With Depression During The Holiday Season


Introduction

The holiday season has approached us.  This can be a very difficult topic to discuss for some people.  However, it is important to discuss.  How do we cope with depression during the holiday season?  This article will answer this particular question.

Plan Ahead

One important tip to avoid depression during the holiday season is to plan ahead.  Stay busy and plan ahead.  Keep your mind preoccupied.  When your mind starts to wander, it starts to create negative thoughts.  Keep your mind busy and occupied.  This will help you stay busy and positive.

According to health.com, the following can be stated:

Spend some time figuring out how to take care of yourself during this time, says John Sharp, MD, a psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston.

Come up with restorative routines, such as reading a book or napping, and write them on a calendar. In between shopping and baking, make sure these routines don’t fall by the wayside.

“Figure out what basics are going to help you get through the holidays and make them a priority,” Dr. Sharp says.

Schedule Some Time For Sleep

In addition to planning ahead, another way to avoid depression during the holiday season is to schedule enough time for sleep.  During the holiday season, it is easy to become preoccupied with buying gifts, baking, etc.  However, you need to schedule time for sleep.  This will help alleviate symptoms associated with depression.

According to health.com, the following can be noted about getting enough sleep to avoid depression during the holiday season:

Holiday activities easily can interfere with your sleep schedule. But studies have shown there is a link between sleep loss and depression, so you need to be extra careful about cutting back on sleep to get everything done.

Try to get to bed and wake up at approximately the same time every day; avoid large meals and physical activity such as dancing within a few hours of bedtime; and make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary, free from TV or other distractions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Conclusion

This article has provided readers with strategies to avoid symptoms associated with depression during the holiday season.  The first tip to avoid depression during the holiday season is to plan ahead.  The second tip to avoid depression during the holiday season is to get enough sleep.  Always make sure to take care of yourself during the holiday season.

Coping With Depression During The Holiday Season


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2016). Coping With Depression During The Holiday Season. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 27, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2016/12/coping-with-depression-during-the-holiday-season/

 

Last updated: 24 Dec 2016
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