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The holiday season is right around the corner and for some, this time isn’t necessarily filled with good cheer. Instead, it can be a trigger for depression. Whether you suffer from seasonal depression, are overwhelmed by financial obligations, or you can’t spend the holidays with your family, this joyful time can seem, well, not so joyful. If you are feeling down about the arrival of this holiday season, here are 5 tips to help you beat seasonal depression.

Signs of Depression

Here are some signs of seasonal depression to watch out for. If you notice symptoms continuing despite efforts to help them, please seek advice from a professional.

  1. Continuing feelings of sadness, anxiety, or “emptiness”
  2. Inability to focus or “finish” thoughts
  3. Feeling hopeless or pessimism
  4. Lack of interest in the things that make you happy
  5. Fatigue or decrease in energy levels
  6. Decreased or increased appetite levels outside of your norm
  7. Thoughts of suicide
  8. Irritable or restless

How To Overcome Depression During The Holiday Season

Your holiday depression can be triggered by many different situations. Regardless, there are ways you can work through your feelings and find more joy in this season. Here are 5 ways you can beat your holiday blues!

  1. Get good sleep

Getting enough sleep is vital not just for your mood, but for your health too. You should be getting anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night! A lack of sleep can cause depression symptoms such as the inability to focus and low energy levels to get worse.

  1. Exercise regularly

Studies show that exercise can boost your mood by releasing your “feel-good” hormones. Although it may seem like exercise is the last thing you need if you are feeling fatigued or unmotivated, it actually can help those depression symptoms. If you don’t already have a regular exercise routine, now is a great time to start one! Even just a brisk, 30-minute walk can make all the difference.

  1. Start new traditions

For many, the holiday season can act as a reminder of absent family members, bring about feelings of loneliness, or cause financial stress. To combat this, come up with creative new ways to celebrate. There is no universal way to celebrate the holidays! Go somewhere new, create new recipes, do something as a family instead of giving gifts, or initiate a white elephant gift exchange with your friends. No matter what situation you’re in, creating new traditions can add excitement and fun back into this season, keeping the holiday blues at bay.

  1. Reframe the way you think

It’s easy to get trapped into a set way of thinking whether it’s expectations for how the holidays “should” look, or ruminating negative thoughts. Either way, changing your mindset can help change your mood. Despite what it might feel like, you’re in charge of your life and it’s okay to feel the way you do. If you do nothing else, remember that this is just a season and it’ll come to an end.

  1. Get help

If you are battling depression, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can reach out to family or friends, or seek guidance from a medical professional. Doctors can prescribe you depression supplements or medication if you need the extra support. But there are also natural ways to treat holiday depression. In fact, here at BrainForest Centers, we offer non-invasive, drug-free, depression treatment to help you combat the symptoms and get your life back.

Start Fighting Your Holiday Depression Now

Seasonal depression is a real issue, no matter its cause. To combat the holiday blues this November and December, focus on getting good sleep, exercising regularly, starting new traditions, reframing your thoughts and expectations, and not being afraid to ask for help. If you feel like you need help now, please don’t hesitate to call this depression hotline. And remember, if these tips don’t work for you, there are plenty of other options to beat your holiday depression!

Feeling blue around this time of year? Come to our office for a FREE consultation. Call us at (317) 288-9828.