The holidays are here and with it comes stress and sometimes depression for some. it’s hard to not get caught up in the whirlwind of the holidays and it’s expectations. If you find yourself feeling stressed or depressed during this time of year, here are a few ways to help avoid stress and depression during the holidays:
Check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What are you feelings? Sometimes it’s best to be in those feelings (even the ugly ones) to help us understand what is happening and to help us move forward. If someone has passed away or if you’re dealing with a loss, remember that those feelings are OK and that they are meant to be felt. You don’t have to force yourself to be happy if you’re not. It’s OK to be sad. It’s natural during the holidays to miss those we love and have lost.
Call someone. Don’t be afraid to reach out and call someone. Call a friend or family member you feel close to and catch up or tell them how you’re feeling. The holidays can sometimes feel lonely.
Alone? Make a plan. To avoid feeling lonely or isolated during the holidays, try volunteering your time or attending a community holiday event. You don’t have to be alone this holiday season.
Budget. Holiday shopping and expenses can add up and can start feeling overwhelming. Create a budget to help you stay on point. Create a budget for each person or item you would like to purchase and don’t allow yourself to over spend. You can also try DIY projects that might be more sentimental and low cost.
Take time for you. The holidays are often quite overwhelming and finding time to just breathe can be difficult. Find time for you. Do something for you that allows you to step away from all the holiday responsibilities and emotions: Listen to music, go for a long walk, go to the spa or relax at home with a good book or movie.
Talk to a professional. It’s ok to reach out and talk to someone. It can be a hard time for many people. Despite all your efforts, sometimes those hard feelings just won’t go away on their own. Talking with someone can help you refocus and begin to feel better.
Emotional stress and depression can come in many forms. It can sometimes be more than just a feeling, some signs you may be stressed or depressed: trouble sleeping, hard time focusing, finding it hard to be happy, anxious, not feeling connected to others and/or constantly feeling tired and drained. Pay close attention to your body, it sometimes can tell you more than you think.