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. Start off each day with 5 things you are grateful for. This could be your home, your dog, your ability to read, write, walk, etc. Be creative.
- Appearance. Have the best appearance you can. Wear your good clothes, your good shoes, shave, get a new hairstyle, put on some makeup,etc.
- Exercise. Go for a walk if you live in a climate where that is possible, or exercise indoors. Exercise raises the endorphins and thereby your mood.
- Surround yourself with people who have a positive attitude. Avoid people who are negative.
- Think positive thoughts. Positive thinking can really help with self-esteem. Check in with your attitude. How positive is it?
- Pay other people sincere compliments. Compliment them on how they wear their hair, their clothing, their pets, how they keep their desk and more.
- Do a good deed. For example, find out if your neighbor who is home-bound needs an errand, or arrange to visit someone in an assisted care facility. Let someone in traffic go first or let someone behind you in line at the store go in front of you. It could start a ripple of good deeds happening, you never know.
- Volunteer. If you are of service to someone they will likely appreciate you. You will feel good doing it too. There are many volunteer organizations that could use your help. In some areas there is a Volunteer Center which helps place you in a volunteer position if you don’t know what it is you want to do.
- Invite someone out to see a funny movie. Laughter is the best medicine! It’s good for the soul and good for your mood. Invite someone over or out for a cup of tea and bring the comics from a newspaper to laugh about.
- Smile as much and as often as you can, even at strangers (even when you don’t feel like it). Then people are likely to smile back at you.
- Listen to upbeat music, not necessarily holiday music, but music that makes you feel like you want to dance. Music can touch your soul. Dance with it!
Need more help?
The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services can help you through holiday season depression, as well as ongoing depression. 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 message.