According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10% of people are depressed. Add the stress of the holiday season and depression can intensify. The holidays can be an especially difficult time of year for those who are depressed. Depression affects your ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once-pleasurable activities. The following tips can help.
Keep your expectations realistic
You may feel pressure to take on more tasks than you have energy for or give more gifts than you can afford. Only commit to those things you know you’ll be able to do. If other people ask more of you than you can handle, you can always say no.
Make time for exercise
Not only does exercise keep your body healthy, it protects your mind, too. Experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, each week. Next to prescription drugs and psychotherapy, exercise is a great third option!
Talk to someone
Talking about your problems with someone close to you can help you feel better. Be honest with your doctor, too. Tell him or her about what you’re going through. There are treatments for depression that can help. But be careful not to ruminate too much over your feelings, though, as that can have a negative effect.
If you think someone you know might be suffering from depression, encourage them to get treatment.
Have a safe, healthy, happy holiday season!