Christmas time is one of my favorite seasons. I love seeing the red Starbuck holiday cups and attending the tree lightings. In fact, since being a child I have always enjoyed the season of Christmas. It’s very exciting listening to holiday classics. From Andy Williams to Mariah Carey listening to holiday music makes me feel happy. I appreciate the season of Christmas. However, not everyone agrees that it is the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, there are many triggers that can cause holiday depression.
From anxiety of financial issues to dealing with death, the holiday season can be quite stressful and hard. It’s important to keep track of individuals around you that have a hard time keeping things under control “If you know you have issues around the holiday time, find someone close to you to let them know, ‘Hey, I’m really down during the holiday,‘” said Gavin-Lane, a mental health specialist, of Premier Professional Counseling Services, LLC. Although with planning and guidance you can prevent holiday depression.
Five ways to help prevent holiday stress and depression:
- Stay off social media – It’s very easy to compare yourself to friends, family, and strangers. Be mindful that visiting social media can trigger feelings of melancholy and disappointment if you are dealing with grief. Instead, focus on supportive friends and spend quality time doing family activities.
- Follow a budget – Since you will be spending money it’s important to set guidelines and follow a budget. However, be cautious with spending lots of money . Also, use www.mint.com for financial guidance. Being in control of your finance will help you feel relieved and have clarity.
- Be honest about grieving – Sometimes it is necessary to allow yourself to grieve. There are ways to help you through the healing. Seek out professional help or local support groups to connect with people. It’s great to find friends who share your same hobbies or interests.
- Exercise –Regular exercise is helpful to improving your mood. For example, taking a brisk walk can improve your mental health. Also, consult with your doctor about which activities are best for you.
- Focus on you – Remember the holidays are not all about presents and spending money. It is also a time for self-reflection and finding peace. Enjoy your downtime with a movie or reading a great book. Lastly, get a good night sleep to feel refreshed.