When you're depressed, holidays can be hard. They may bring up bad memories, or you may feel as if you're outside looking in at people who are having a good time. But try to take part in some holiday events. It may make you feel better.
Here are some tips for dealing with the holidays.
- Spend time with friends, and do things you enjoy, not only things you feel you have to do.
- Get plenty of rest. The better you feel, the better a holiday can be.
- Think about others. Helping those less fortunate than you can make you feel better.
- Get money off your mind. Money problems are a leading cause of holiday depression. Focus on the spirit of the season.
- Watch what you eat and drink. Eat healthy foods, watch your portion sizes, and avoid alcohol.
- Be realistic. Try not to build up the holiday too much in your mind.
- Say no sometimes. People will understand if you don't do things. Wearing yourself out will make you feel worse.
- It's okay to be sad or lonely. You don't have to be happy just because it's the holiday season.
- Get help if you need it. Seek out family or friends for support. Community or church groups can help too. If things get bad, talk with your doctor or counselor.