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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday depression tips

This week We Care Arts wants to help spread awareness around of how the hustle and bustle, bright lights and wonderful soothing music can actually cause people to experience depression during the holidays. One of our overall goals as a nonprofit is to contribute to the lives of as many people as possible. We felt like one way to do so is to insure everyone has a very joyous holiday season. We know that many people we serve along with people throughout our communities are having a difficult time at this time of the year. Here are some helpful tips to help minimize your stress/depression level.

According  to HealthLine.com there are many factors that can contribute to why people to experience the holiday blues. Several of these factors include :

·         Social Isolation

Cause: Social isolation is one of the biggest predictors of depression, especially during the holidays. Some people may have a small social circle or lack opportunities for socialization. People who have feelings of disconnectedness often avoid social interactions at holiday time. Unfortunately, withdrawing often makes the feelings of loneliness and symptoms of depression worse.

Tip: One of the best ways to deal with social isolation is to reach out to friends or family for support. You can also try talking to a therapist. They can help you figure out where your feelings come from and develop solutions to overcome them.

·         Grieving

Cause: Some people may be keenly aware of the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. Here are several ways to stave off the holiday blues that may descend at this time.

Tip: Begin a new tradition. Try planning a family outing or vacation, instead of spending the holidays at home.

Tip: Don't give in to holiday pressures. Feel free to leave an event if you aren't comfortable. Be willing to tell others, "I'm not up for this right now."

Other tips on how to find joy and balance include:

·         Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.

·         Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend.

·         Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. If it's not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.

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