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Dealing With Holiday Anxiety and Depression

The holidays are a time of joy for many, as they are often surrounded by family and friends while celebrating the close of another year. However, a surprising number of us find that the holidays bring us more stress, emptiness, and sadness than joy.

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Those who experience that sense of sadness might see it take over their lives. They may find themselves eating too much, drinking too much alcohol, sleeping too much, and withdrawing from social situations. Suffering from insomnia and headaches is also common in those who experience holiday depression and anxiety.

Holiday depression and anxiety can be brought on by a variety of factors. Maybe your family doesn’t get along, or you lost someone close to you during the year, or around the holiday season in a different year. Maybe you live far away and can’t afford a trip home for the holidays, or maybe you’re stressed about the financial pressures the holidays can bring. Or, maybe you have just never found the “holiday spirit” that so many carry with them.

Whatever your reason, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone during this time. You might really benefit from increased social interaction during the holiday season, even when socializing feels like the very last thing you want to do. Whether it’s talking yourself into attending a holiday party at a friend or family member’s house, or visiting a counselor or a support group, you will likely find support in the company of others.

There are many ways you can cheer yourself up and cure the holiday blues. You could send some of your loved ones holiday cards, bundle up and take a walk outside, donate some of your unused clothes or nonperishable foods to a local charity, or, if possible, take a trip to somewhere warm and bright.

If you are struggling with the holiday blues, or would just like to talk to someone, reach out to us. We are here to support you.

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Topics: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Ilness, Mental Health, Seasonal Affective Disorder