The holidays are approaching and if you battle with depression or anxiety, you are probably not too excited to see it coming. While the holiday season is a happy and joyful time for most people, it can be a time of sadness and depression for many. With the glamorizing of the Christmas holidays, most people suffering with depression may view this season as a feeling of ultimate dread filled with unrealistic expectations. The overwhelming family gatherings, Christmas parties, and other holiday events may be more than enough to push someone who is experiencing depression over the edge.
So how do you avoid holiday depression triggers? A good starting point is simply realizing that you can control how you celebrate the holidays. Focus on the positive things in your life and start developing personal goals that you would like to accomplish in the new year. Complete a vision board, renew your health and wellness, start blogging, turn one of your hobbies into a business, or practice mindfulness. You can also use this time to spend time with your nuclear family and maybe opt out of huge family gatherings. This method has worked better for me and my family. I usually spend Thanksgiving at a huge family gathering but have limited my Christmas holiday for me and my immediate family.
Remember the holidays are simply what you make it and you can choose how you want to celebrate. If you find that your depression continues after the holiday season, please schedule an appointment with a Licensed Counselor.