Even though generally the holidays should be the most wonderful time of year, they are kind of the opposite from people suffering from depression. So, without further ado, here is a guide to surviving the holiday season.
- Experts advise 30-minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day to stave off depression
- You should never feel ashamed about how you feel
- Do what makes you feel good, not what others want you to
- Focus on the nice things, as few as they are
Some of you may find yourselves overwhelmed by the usual holiday traditions. If you feel like participating, go ahead! There is nothing better for depression than engaging in an activity you enjoy.
Not only will it distract you from your worries, it will also help you remember what the old days felt like.
However, if you don’t feel like partaking in holiday traditions this year, it’s simple – don’t. Engage in a new activity, travel abroad, come up with your own traditions. If they happen to be just watching Netflix and drinking eggnog, good for you! You know what you want.
And since we were talking about traditions, let’s segway into another subject that is often cause for misery – your family.
Sure, you may have the best family ever, loving, kind, supportive, but it’s impossible for them not to get on your nerves occasionally. It’s even worse if you have a poor relationship, and you still have to meet them for the holidays.
In this case, the best advice would be to avoid conflict if possible. If not, you should go for a straight, honest confrontation. You might not be solving things immediately, but the simple act of letting go of your feelings will make you feel cathartic, if only for a few minutes.
If you’re feeling lonely and don’t have anyone with whom to spend the holidays, there are things to be done about that as well.
Participate in a soup kitchen, go out and walk the streets, do anything you want. It’s the holidays! If you can’t treat yourself now, when can you? Talking to new people, even if not in the mood, will help you get your mind off your own problems.
If you’re too blue to engage in social behaviors, talk to a close friend. They won’t mind.
Just ask your best friend if it’s ok to come over, since you feel like talking to someone, or just hanging out.
If none of the above seems to do it for you, just contact an expert. If you don’t want to see a therapist (although you should, I guarantee that they will make you feel better), you can find phone numbers, as well as websites, where you can just talk to people. They are very willing to listen/read and help you have a better time.
I really hope I haven’t missed anything. If I did, please leave a message below.
And please, if you need it, seek help. It’s a shame to let yourself drift off into the darkness, as there are so many things to be done about it.
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