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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.
Do things you enjoy, not only things you feel you have to do.
The better you feel, the better a holiday can be.
Helping those less fortunate than you can make you feel better.
Money problems are a leading cause of holiday depression. Focus on the spirit of the season.
Eat healthy foods, watch your portion sizes, and avoid alcohol.
Try not to build up the holiday too much in your mind.
People will understand if you don't do things. Wearing yourself out will make you feel worse.
You don't have to be happy just because it's the holiday season.
Seek out family or friends for support. Community or church groups can help too. If things get bad, talk with your doctor or counselor.
Current as of:
June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineLisa S. Weinstock MD - Psychiatry
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock MD - Psychiatry
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