Not everyone feels like saying "ho, ho, ho" when the holidays arrive. Stress and anxiety, also known as the "holiday blues" can sneak up on any of us.
These feelings can happen when we experience too many changes from our normal schedules, when time with family brings up tense emotions or sad memories, or even when we put too much pressure on ourselves to have a happy, perfect time during the holidays.
To help ward off the holiday blues, it's important to follow five basic principles:
For those already experiencing depression and anxiety, this time of year can be an even more difficult and vulnerable time. In addition to the above, it's important to:
Most importantly, remember that the holidays are a time for community. If there is a need in your community, whether it's volunteering at a local homeless shelter or helping a friend in need of support, reach out. Include others in your holiday celebrations or do something nice for one of your neighbors. You might be surprised to find that helping others is one of the best ways to help get rid of those holiday blues.
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