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Holiday Blues? How to Beat Depression During the Holidays
Holiday Blues? How to Beat Depression During the Holidays
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Article Author : Melanie Fleury (August 2, 2013)

You may really want to enjoy the holiday season and take part in the festive celebrations for which this time of the year is intended. However, when you feel more sad and despondent during the holidays, you actually may be suffering from depression. People who suffer from depression often experience a worsening of their symptoms during this time of year. You can cope with, if not overcome, your depression when you follow several key pieces of advice.

 

Avoid Alcohol Consumption

You may be tempted to drown your sadness and lack of interest in liquor. However, consuming alcohol, even in small amounts, should be the last thing you should do when you are feeling depressed. Alcohol is a natural depressant and can only aggravate your symptoms. As much as you may crave a beer or a shot of whiskey, you should avoid this temptation and choose another beverage instead.

 

 

Gauge Social Tolerance

Your ability to tolerate being around others can change frequently during the holidays. One day you may be able to tolerate being around your friends and relatives; the next day, the thought of having company or spending time with others could turn your stomach. You should decide on a daily basis how much you can put up with being around other people. When you need to be alone, try to go home or find a place where you can enjoy solitude. Do not force yourself to be social if you are not in the mood for company.

 

 

Look Past the Holidays

It may seem like the holidays go on forever. However, they are actually just a few short weeks out of your schedule. Try focusing on the weeks after Thanksgiving and Christmas. In fact, many people begin their tax preparations in January. You could get a jump start on doing your taxes by using this activity as a diversion from the holidays.

 

 

Avoid All Things Holiday

You may not be able to go to the grocery store or the mall without being inundated with seasonal reminders. If you still need to purchase gifts, you can do online for gifts and decor and skip the stores altogether. Even so, when you are at home or driving to work, you should try to avoid all hints of the holidays. Turn off Christmas movies on TV, and change the radio station when the station starts to play Christmas music. You can turn on an all-news channel instead.

 

 

Accept and Embrace

Sometimes the best cure for your depression during Christmas is just to accept the season and embrace it for what it is. Sometimes seasonal depression results from intense narcissism and the inability to focus on others in your life during this time of year. If you have children, try focusing on their joy when they unwrap presents. If you plan to visit family on Christmas, think about how happy they will be to see you. Preventing yourself from thinking only about yourself and your misery can help you begin to enjoy the holidays.

 

Many people like you suffer from depression during the holiday season. You can make the season more tolerable, if not more enjoyable, by remembering these important suggestions.


Melanie Fleury has watched family members go through depression during holiday times. For her family, the solution was to find joy in the giving and not to dwell on what was missing. She found that decorating with decor that celebrates family, and finding shopping sites like http://www.christmasgifts.com/, helps to spread Christmas cheer to others while cheering up yourself.

Better Sex

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Confidence

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Depression

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  We all face challenges in life, but how do you recover when a debilitating injury has left you unable to enjoy life the way you once did? After a major injury, you may experience feelings like sadness, anger, denial, worry, and fear. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help yourself recover and get back to the life you once enjoyed.

Acknowledge Your Emotions

Acknowledging that it is normal for you to feel sad, helpless, or anxious, can go a long way in helping you recover. Try not to hold these feelings back. Surround yourself with supportive people who will listen to you and help you work through these feelings without judgment. Allow yourself time to accept what has happened, and do not try to rush the recovery process.

Don't Push Yourself Too Much

It's natural to want to do the same things as before the accident as quickly as possible, but it's important to understand that it won't happen soon, and things may never be the same. Don't be afraid to say “no” to things you could have easily done before. Don't push yourself physically or emotionally to avoid more stress.

Talk to a Counselor

Counseling can be a very effective tool in helping you deal with your emotions after the injury. However, many people feel uncomfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings with a complete stranger. Remember, talking to a third party can help you get an objective look at your situation and show you what steps to take to improve your condition. Your counselor can also advise you of any beneficial support groups you can attend.

Stay Active & Healthy

Staying active has proven to help the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Talk to your doctor about what kind of physical activities would be beneficial for you to enjoy while recovering from your injury. Also, make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet and avoid the use of alcohol or drugs. It can also be beneficial to engage in some of the hobbies you enjoyed before the injury such as painting or reading.

Consider Speaking to a Lawyer

After an injury, the last thing you may want to endure is a long legal battle. However, if the injury is no fault to your own, you deserve a chance to rectify the wrongdoing. There are lawyers in your area who are committed to helping their clients cope with life after the accident and receive any compensation they may be entitled to.   Depression and anxiety after a major injury can cause normally productive, socially active, independent people to withdraw into a world of emotional pain that is often far greater than the physical pain they are experiencing. However, by following a few of the suggestions above, it is possible to find yourself enjoying life again free of your psychological handicaps.   Informational credit to Howard Yegendorf & Associate.  
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In a study involving 4825 healthy individuals, 146 of them were depressed. In those who had been depressed for a minimum of six years, the chances of developing cancer were far higher. This is thought to be because of the fact that this condition kills of the natural ‘killer’ cells, so the body doesn’t fight off diseases. This isn’t to say that depression can cause cancer, but it does signify that depression and related issues such as anxiety can lower one’s immunity to the disease. This makes it not only a risk for cancer, but also other diseases. There are however other theories that suggest that cancer may cause depression, with a study discovering that in 43 liver tumour patients there was a direct link between clinical depression and an immune modulator. The chemical which is released when our immune system fights cancer is the same substance that may trigger depression biologically. Although this may seem like bad news, it is actually the opposite. It provides researchers with new tools for treating cancer - it also highlights the link between the mind and other diseases. Taking the time to meditate and de-stress is important in order to strengthen the immune system, so that we can better fight off illnesses.

Leading a stress-free lifestyle as best you can is one of the best ways to fight off anxiety and depression. This means doing plenty of exercise, which can boost your mood and release endorphins to keep you happy, as well as eating a balanced diet that’s rich in brain-healthy foods. Oily fish, plenty of fruit and vegetables, and omega-rich nuts and seeds will ensure that you’re happy through your food. Take time to meditate and relax at least a few times a week, so that you don’t overload your mind with worries and stress - this can be anything from some alone time each week to spending time with friends and loved ones. Lowering your stress levels and ensuring you lead a healthy lifestyle will not only help to reduce the risk of depression but it will also stave off other health concerns such as heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. If you think you’re at risk of developing depression, or think you’re displaying signs of cancer, speak to your GP as soon as possible for advice on the situation.