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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 Nov 18, 2015 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Family, Holidays, News, Relationships, Stress

How to Cope with Holiday Stress

Holidays can get tiring because of the demands that come with them. What is meant to be a time away from stress and tension may end up involving the same yet again. With a few resolutions and precautions, it is possible to ensure stress-free holidays by keeping all your worries at bay. Understand your people The key to be free from conflicts during happy occasions is not to be over sentimental. Purposely or not, your family members may behave in a way that might hurt you. Being tolerant of such niggling details will let you enjoy the festive time with your loved ones. Learn to let go of expectations and compulsive attitudes and be forgiving instead. Try not to be fussy about people making fun of you, the traditions or celebrations. Learn to laugh with them or to simply counter them with a better joke. Plan ahead of holidays Holidays can mean a lot of work. So, planning is a must. Refer to the calendar and mark the days...

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Posted on Jan 14, 2015 in Anxiety, Depression, Family, Holidays, News, Stress

Tips to Tackle Post-Holiday Blues

It is now the middle of January and the post-holiday reality is setting in. The shopping is over. The gifts are unwrapped. The family meals and reunions are over. The decorations are down or need to be taken down. The much-anticipated holiday season came and went away and now the gloom of a long winter is in the air. The busyness of the last two months is gone. What just happened? Nothing, really. You might just have the post-holiday blues. But not to worry as this is something quite common after the holiday season is over. Many people are affected by the seeming quiet after such a busy couple of months. This post-holiday sadness or gloominess can be tackled with the help of simple tips. Expect it Since the holidays are an annual tradition so are the stress and sadness that come with the season. When you know the drill, be ready for it. The day after the festivities the guests are gone; maybe your kids have gone back...

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