The stigma that depression is rampant around the holidays really happens to many people. Celebrating during the holiday season may be the last thing that someone with depression may want to do. Financial stress, social anxiety, and family conflicts may cause someone to want to lie dormant during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. There are some ways to help alleviate depression during the holidays.
This is easier said than done for someone who has depression. Isolation is the natural action to take for someone who experiences depression because trying to interact socially can be awkward for them. They may be comparing themselves to others that seem to be jolly and wondering why they are unable to experience joy like others. Getting out and doing something can give you more ambition to connect with others rather than withdrawing and feeling lonely.
Celebrate the Reason for the season
The holiday spirit should not just be about presents which can bring about financial resentments. Be of service or volunteer. Let your loved ones know that you will be giving your time and money to others in need or make easy homemade gifts. If someone is upset by either one of those choices, then they probably should get a lump coal anyways.
Self-care is the best present
Taking care of yourself is important. Make sure you are not overcommitting yourself and sleep, eat healthy, and get some regular physical exercise to feel good during the holidays.
- Waking up and going to bed at the same time every day can be instrumental in not making the excuse to retreat to your bed every time you start feeling down.
- Avoid binging on food and alcohol to make yourself feel healthier.
- Moderate physical activity produces the feel-good endorphins that boost your mood.
Attend your therapy sessions
Depression is real disorder that can thrive during the holidays. Taking the extra effort to show up to your appointments can make a difference with your holiday spirit. Talking about your stressors and fears surrounding the holidays might get you to let go of any negative feelings that may be holding you back from enjoying yourself.
Trying to get the most of your holiday spirit can be lessened by your depressive state. Depression is no joke and usually needs professional help to regulate it. Use the tools that you have to revel in the holiday spirit you were meant to endure.
If you are someone you know someone who binges on drugs and alcohol, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can set you up with a personalized treatment plan to get you sober during the holidays. Our well-trained staff is here to point you in the direction of adorning your holiday spirit. Call us today: 844-720-6847