Coping with Holiday Depression, Anxiety, & Stress

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Coping with Holiday Depression, Anxiety, & Stress

 

Winter holiday decor on a white table.This time of year has taken on a stereotype, of sorts. It’s supposedly a magical time of year full of merriment and wonder! But is it really? 

Contrary to the stereotype, this time of year has many people feeling stress, anxiety, grief, and depression. From the cold weather that makes it a chore to even get out of bed, to the end of year deadlines, commitments, and financial strains, it’s no wonder why people start to feel low, regardless of the sparkling decorations and time off with friends and family. 

So how do you cope? Here are some tips.

Don’t Succumb to Fantasies of Perfection

You might burn the pie. You dog may have an accident in front of your guests. Maybe your oven even quits working. Things are bound to go wrong, but when you build up an idea in your head of the perfect holiday, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. 
Instead of playing into the fictional portrayal of the holidays you might see in movies and on TV, look to what you have and focus on being thankful. When things go wrong, think about what you do have and focus on enjoying yourself with friends and family. 

Plan Ahead:

There are some stressors you can’t avoid, but you can reduce the level of stress induced by planning out your commitments in advance. Decide which days are for shopping, baking, visiting friends and any other activities you decide to prioritize. Think ahead and plan out your menus and shopping lists to help ensure that you’re not clambering at the last minute to buy forgotten grocery items or gifts. 

Remember, You Can’t Do Everything:

This time of year, everyone is having gatherings – from your friends, to your work, to your family – you may even be hosting one yourself! But the pressure to commit to spending time with friends and family can actually have negative effects on your stress level. While it’s important to see family and friends, it’s also important to take care of your mental health, so don’t over commit yourself. It’s okay to sit a gathering out if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just need some time to decompress.

Set Aside Time for Yourself:

The holiday season can be a pretty social time. While some thrive when they are constantly around people, others get anxious, stressed, and become mentally drained from needing to be “on” all of the time. If you are this kind of person, understand that scheduling in some “you” time should be a priority. 

Set a Budget, and Stick to It!

It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to gift giving. While you may have good intentions, spending too much over the holiday season will cause you to feel guilt and stress, even if you are temporarily happy at the time of your purchases. Instead, take some time to plan your expenses and determine a realistic budget which you can stick to in an effort to mitigate financial stressors down the road.

Try and Maintain Your Healthy Habits

The Holiday season is no excuse to stop working out and eating healthy all together. Sure, there should be some leeway this time of year, but combat it by also eating healthy and well-balanced meals and maintaining regular workouts between gatherings. This will not only help you from gaining a bunch of unwanted holiday weight, but it will help reduce the mental fog that can result when you continually gorge yourself on unhealthy foods. 

Reach out to a professional:

Finally, even when you do your best to have a positive outlook and avoid the common stressors of the holiday season, depression, stress, and anxiety can still get the best of us. If you are feeling consistently sad, depressed, anxious, hopeless, or irritable, and can’t get out from under it, reach out to a doctor or a mental health professional for help.

12/21/2017 3:42 PM |Add a comment |Comments (3)
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thanks for sharing such a useful information with us; i think the main reason of an anxious mind is over thinking about the past incidents of life.

Plan ahead and set a budget is the key for avoid extra mental pressure. Also remember and reaching out the member is important for us. very well said. Learn some points to follow. Thanks

Alpha Academy | training100@yahoo.com | https://www.alphaacademy.org | 07/03/2019 3:37 AM
Thanks for sharing such a useful information, I thing depression is a part of out life; but if its overloaded then its bad can damage our mind. I may be wrong but i thing some time its not possible not to be depressed.

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