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
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.
others. Helping those less fortunate than you can make you feel
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
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.