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Posted on Nov 8, 2018 in Anxiety, Depression, Holidays

Winter and Depression

Earlier this month it was time to fall back and set our clocks back an hour. The shortening of days, the change in temperature and the lethargic changes that come about with the emergence of the autumn and winter seasons can bring bouts of depression and stress to those suffering from depressive disorders and other mental health conditions. There are many factors that come into play which can trigger depressive episodes during this season. Some of the major factors include: the shortened number of daylight hours, genetic predisposition and various brain chemicals. With winter depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, one of the major factors that affect its onset is the availability or lack of light. The changes in routine brought about by seasonal changes and gloomy nature of the weather puts stress on those suffering from depressive disorders. Studies have shown that people affected by winter or seasonal depression are able to cope better with their problems after exposure to bright lights. Due to the reduction in...

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Posted on Jan 2, 2018 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Health and Fitness, Holidays, News, Self Esteem

Tips to Avoid Post-Holiday Blues

Many gatherings with family and friends filled your time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The holidays – and all of the fun (and stress)  they brought – are now past. Schedules were busy.  It’s now January 2nd. Back to real life! The return to regular life after all of the festivities can sometimes throw you off balance. Here are a few tips to make a smooth transition into the New Year. Find your regular routine The holidays are a time for extra treats – sweets, rich meals, an extra glass of wine or other favorite beverage. Staying up late, sleeping in and other activities that are not part of your usual routine can make it difficult to return to work. The sooner you can get back on track, the better you will feel. Cultivate some new interests Did you learn something new over the holidays? Take some time to explore more about it by reading a book about the subject or perhaps take a class at your local...

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Posted on Jan 1, 2018 in Depression, Holidays, News, Self Esteem, Therapy

A Simple Project for the New Year

As the holidays are come to a close, here is an idea to keep you focused on the good things that are to come in 2018. A simple way to focus on the positive Find a jar, a vase or some other decorative container. At the end of each week, write down something good that happened to you during the week. This simple act can help keep you focused on the positive and good things each week. At the end of the year, on New Year’s Eve, empty the jar and read through the wonderful things that you experienced. Need more help? The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are ready to help you live a positive and happier life. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free 20 minute consultation to discuss your situation. Schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a...

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Posted on Dec 27, 2017 in Depression, Holidays, News, Therapists, Therapy

Holiday Season & Depression

  Christmas is past and the New Year is days away. Even with all of the celebrations happening, not everyone finds the holiday season one to be joyful about. The holidays can be depressing for some people. Some people have lower moods during this time for various reasons. Other people have a lower mood due to the shortening of the daylight. 11 Ways to fight holiday season depression This list is not to minimize those feelings at all. Rather, it is to acknowledge that the holiday season can be difficult for many and some may want to try to lift their mood in a healthy manner. A suggestion before looking at this list is to look at your feelings and acknowledge them; do not try to dismiss them. Set aside some time in the day to think about your feelings so that you do honor them. Then take a look at this list and choose one or two things you can do each day to lift your mood. Gratitude....

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Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in Anxiety, Depression, Holidays, Social Anxiety, Stress

3 Ways to Relieve Holiday Anxiety

Why are the holidays, especially the Christmas season, loaded with stress? Doesn’t it seem that the hustle and bustle of the shopping season, scrambling to find that perfect gift, cause more people to be anxious? Can you find natural remedies for anxiety that really work during this time? This article will outline three problems of the holidays and natural ways that you can handle the symptoms of stress and reduce anxiety so that your holiday season will be peaceful and enjoyable. That being said, if you have a serious medical condition that requires prescribed medicine, make sure to follow your doctor’s orders. Three Reasons Anxiety Surfaces During the Holiday Season 1. High Expectations of “The Perfect Gift” Let’s face it. When Christmas becomes commercial, it is easy to base your self-worth on the opinions of what others think. You can do that in two ways – the gifts that you expect from others and the gifts that others expect from you. Both of those expectations cause stress and anxiety...

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Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in Anger, Depression, Holidays, News, Stress, Therapy

Five Tips for Dealing With Family Conflicts During the Holidays

In an ideal world, holidays are a time of unadulterated love and joy where close-knit families come together to spend quality time with one another. Unfortunately, this is not that world. Here things are far from ideal. Families quarrel, relationships break, and people get hurt all the time. And the holidays are no exception. Problem is, the hurt, the disappointment, the anger, the frustration, and the heartache magnify when there is a family conflict during the holidays. It could be a fight between spouses, a conflict between two or more generations in the family (you and your in-laws, or you and the children), quarreling between adult siblings who don’t get along anymore, and it could be so much more. It could be a new family conflict in the holidays. It could be long-standing family disagreements which will come afresh in the holidays. Or it could simply be years of growing apart within the family such that spending the holidays together feels ‘forced’ to you or to them. The bad...

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