Managing Depression Over the Holidays
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Ideas for Managing Depression Over the Holidays
- HealthyPlace Wins Major eHealthcare Leadership Awards
- Guiding Aspergers' Teens Within Opposite Sex Relationships
- Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- Mental Health Experiences
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
"I hate the holidays. Can't wait till they are over," @miss_rib tells HealthyPlace on Twitter. For many people with a mental health condition, the holidays mean added stress and an increase in depression symptoms. Some of it may be attributed to seasonal affective disorder or winter blues, but running around handling holiday details as well as dealing with relatives or friends you'd rather keep at arms length really can jack up those anxiety and depression symptoms. So what can you do? Here are some suggestions for managing depression over the holidays from our Twitter followers:
- Get lots of sleep. Take your meds :-) That reduces depression during holidays. Ease into events you want to be at! @asherspappy
- Focusing on the things that make you smile regardless of season - finding one thing in each day that brings you joy. @therapylinq
- I try to tune out all the commercial aspects of the holidays and focus on what's important religiously. @timothyhill64
- I isolate hoping that not going to holiday events will lessen the anxiety, depression. It only exacerbates problems. @anita_relax
- @calmmindkitchen: I keep eating foods that nourish my brain and body, as opposed to the traditional unhealthy fare.
And finally this tip for managing depression over the holidays from @michandwalker: Would more sunshine help? We should work from a sunny spot in the Carribean I think :)
What about you? How do you deal with depression around the holidays? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.
Related Depression Treatment Information
- Do’s and Dont’s to Avoid Holiday Depression
- Mood Can Be Affected By Weather
- Alcohol Isn’t the Answer for Depression
- Depression Treatment Options
- Does Exercise Really Make a Difference in Reducing Depression?
- How to Change Those Depressing Thoughts (video)
It's always nice to be recognized. This is the third year in a row the HealthyPlace.com Mental Health Website has won eHealthcare Leadership Awards. We're proud of what we're doing and grateful to all the people, including our mental health bloggers, who work hard to produce a great website every day. HealthyPlace won Gold medals for Best Overall Health Site and Best Healthcare Content.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- The Stigma of Suicide
- Worst Things to Say to a Person With Bipolar Disorder
- Anxiety Disorder Treatments Are Effective
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Your comments and observations are welcomed.
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- The Comparison Game: You’ll Never Win (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- Exploring the Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- Recovering From Mental Illness Is…Sort of Boring? (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- Giving Thanks: Living Life vs. Fighting Life (Mental Illness in the Family Blog)
- My Mental Health Christmas List (More Than Borderline Blog)
- Stray Dogs, Orphans, and Thanksgiving (Funny in the Head: A Mental Health Humor Blog)
- Finding the Courage to Change (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Holiday Madness (Verbal Abuse and Relationships Blog)
- Schizophrenia and Finding Answers to Obsessive Questions (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
- Self Injury Signs and Symptoms (Speaking Out About Self-Injury Blog)
- Thanksgiving and Anorexia Recovery (Surviving ED Blog)
- Don’t Fear Adversity (Coping with Depression Blog)
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Opposite sex relationships among older teens with Aspergers’ Syndrome present opportunities for growth and areas of special challenge. The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, has advice for parents of teens with Aspergers as they head into the dating arena.
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Staff, H. (2012, November 28). Managing Depression Over the Holidays, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, July 11 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/managing-depression-over-the-holidays