Now that you are aware of the signs of the holiday blues, you can take action to manage them. You can cope and manage the signs of holiday depression by taking small steps. Here are a few suggestions to start with:
Prioritise your plans
Try to manage your time and not do too much at once. Prioritise your time and activities by making day-to-day schedules or plans. Doing this will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks and demands from others during the holidays. Also, it’s okay to say no to plans that don’t fit into your schedule or make you feel joyful.
Be kind to yourself
Put your physical and mental health needs first. Be honest and true to your needs this holiday season. Pay attention to what triggers your stress and depression, does gift shopping stress you out? What’s making you feel agitated? Recognising the triggers for your holiday blues can help you take steps to avoid or manage them.
Set realistic expectations
Most times, people create expectations of perfection and compare themselves to other families or friends. Set realistic and reachable expectations for yourself and others by sharing responsibilities and planning, which will help decrease stress and anxiety.
Get enough sleep
It’s important to get good quality sleep and to find relaxing activities. Most people who feel depressed struggle with either getting too much or too little sleep. If you struggle to sleep, try doing a light stretch before climbing into bed and avoid using technology before bedtime to stimulate sleep.
Also, try to be more active by walking or doing something you like to avoid sleeping too much.
Taking time to practise self-care for your mental health is very important during the holidays. Do an activity that relaxes you, such as meditation or drawing, which increases your awareness of the present moment. Doing such will help to decrease the levels of stress.
Avoid isolating yourself from family or friends. Balance your needs by reaching out to loved ones. Seeking support from people close to you can help reduce feelings of depression and loneliness during the holiday season.
Set healthy boundaries for yourself and learn to say ‘no’ to certain demands or responsibilities that may drain you. Instead, learn to say ‘yes’ to the things that inspire and nurture your mental well-being, which can boost your moods and positivity.
Put differences aside
When gathering with family members during the holidays, some may not share the same values or opinions as you do. This can become a challenge but try to set your differences aside and avoid topics that may not be agreed upon to avoid feelings of distress and anxiety.
Set a budget
Financial stress during the holidays can contribute to feelings of depression. You can decrease financial stressors by creating and sticking to a budget. Try simplifying gift-buying and giving too much and communicate your struggles with your family ahead of time.
Moderate food and drinks
Parties and festive feasts usually challenge eating habits at every turn during the holidays. Try to maintain a healthy diet through it all. Limiting excessive drinking and eating will help to stabilise your moods and decrease the levels of depression.
If you’re still feeling the holiday blues even after the holidays have passed, you should speak to a professional. A mental health professional can help determine the cause and help you find ways to cope with them healthily.
Following the tips above may help you but taking it one step at a time is the best way to cope with the holiday blues. Also, if you ever feel that you need to speak to a professional, the Zwaverstream Clinic team is here to help you. Below are a few services that we provide to help with coping and managing the holiday blues:
You can manage your stress by taking certain steps. It’s advisable not to let mental health stigma discourage you from seeking help. Symptoms may initially appear mild, but if ignored, they can escalate quickly and make treatment more difficult. The first step towards getting the help you need is to speak with one of our professionals.
Reaching out to mental health specialists can help you treat depression. The ZwavelStream depression treatment centre provides patients with a safe, healthy environment in which they can regain their balance in life.
To help you on your journey to wellness, we offer therapy, medication, and highly skilled staff. We treat all our cases with confidentiality and tailor treatment plans to the needs of every patient.
The earlier you treat anxiety, it’s less likely that your condition will worsen. Seeking help can prevent mental health problems from escalating. Mental health has a stigma attached to it, causing many to be afraid to speak up for fear of being judged.
There’s a possibility that even mild cases can quickly escalate into something more serious. Therefore, it’s always advisable to consult a professional as soon as you notice anything that may be wrong.
Even though the holidays are the “season of giving”, it’s important for you to focus on taking care of your mental health. To have a fulfilling, happy and healthy festive season, putting yourself first and setting boundaries is vital regarding social commitments and demands.
Suppose you feel that you need professional help to cope with the holiday blues. In that case, our team at Zwaverstream is committed to always being there for our patients. Contact us at 010 475 0160 to get started, or connect with us through our website.
With the Christmas spirit rising, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Zwaverstream Clinic team. May it be full of laughter and joy, along with the sounds of jingle bells and the sun shining on you.