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Depression During the Holidays

December 5, 20149 min
Are the holidays really the happiest time of the year?Even though the holidays can be stressful, it's also a wonderful time to spend celebrating the season with comforting traditions with your friends and family members. Is it actually the most wonderful time of the year, or could you be masking your feelings of depression during this time of year?The stress of buying presents, preparing food, attending numerous holiday parts, tension between family members, and being surrounded by the overflowing of alcohol, and the beginning of Seasonal Affective Disorder can turn you into a melancholic state and make you want to hibernate until the season is over.The holidays can also be a difficult time if you've recently lost a loved one, and this marks the first holiday without them. Illness, divorce, and a job loss can also cause tremendous heartache.What can you do to get through this holiday safely?One tip that could help lift your spirits is to volunteer during the holiday season. By volunteering, it can help reinstate positivity in your life. Another tip to decrease depression during the holidays is exercising. By exercising, you're naturally increasing your endorphins and boosting your serotonin levels. Lastly, getting out in the sunshine or taking a trip where it's sunny is extremely beneficial, especially if you live in a climate where the winters are long and gray.If you're starting to feel symptoms of depression, please do not hesitate to reach out for help (1-800-273-TALK).Dr. Stephanie Duggan discusses why depression could peak during the holidays and what you can do to cope during the festive season.

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