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Depression During The Holidays: 5 Recovery Tools You Need to Use Immediately

With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s coming up, the holidays can be very triggering for people, especially for those who have lost family members, are disconnected from their family, associate traumatic events around that time period, or have seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or another disorder. With the stress and tension surrounding this time of year, you may struggle with depression, which typically includes feelings of hopelessness, insomnia or excessive sleeping, changes in eating patterns, and more. Keep these helpful tips in mind if you’ve struggled with any kind of mental illness and find the holidays particularly distressing:

  1. Avoid being on social media if it’s triggering you. Around the holidays, it’s normal to be triggered by cheerful posts with pictures of others’ friends and family. These pictures are often misleading, and can make you feel even more isolated or alone.
  2. Talk to someone you love and care about. Call up a significant other, friend, or family member and talk to them about how you’re feeling. Sometimes being reminded of the people who do love and care about you can help.
  3. Recognize that you’re not alone. Despite contrary belief, there are many people out there who don’t have families, who have lost someone close to them, or who no longer have loved ones to surround them during the holidays.
  4. Give yourself permission to take a break if you need to. If you are struggling with symptoms of depression during your family gathering, allow yourself to take a short break in the restroom or a bedroom so that you can breathe.
  5. Practice self-care as often as possible. Take loving care of your hygiene, and do things that you enjoy doing – read an enjoyable book, go for a walk, cuddle up near your pets and more. Doing these things will help you find peace this holiday season.

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