Festive parties, family gatherings, gift shopping and time-honored recipes are what most people associate with the holiday season. However, for some, the winter is far from being the most wonderful time of the year. Coined the “holiday blues,” this condition should not be taken lightly.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, many people experience varying levels of anxiety or depression during the holiday season, especially those who already have a pre-existing mental health condition. Whether it’s the extra stresses and unrealistic expectations that accompany the season or the feelings of loneliness and sadness, the holiday blues can be hard to shake.
Referencing articles from both PsychCentral and from an article published by the Canadian Mental Health Association, here are some common tips to help combat holiday depression:
For those who already have a mental health condition, be sure to continue your therapy sessions. Don’t skip one just because things are busy. And if you’re taking prescription medications, beware of the side effects of mixing your medications and alcohol. And be sure to not stop taking it unless advised by a medical professional.
Most importantly, find some time to laugh and unwind this holiday season. There’s nothing quite like a good joke shared amongst close friends. Isn’t that what getting into the true holiday spirit is all about?
If you’d like more information about behavioral health and counseling services available to you this upcoming holiday season, please check out Jewish Family & Children’s Service at www.jfcsaz.org.
About the Author
Dr. Henderson has led a long career as an organizational and executive leader in the fields of behavioral health care, including group homes, foster care, community-based services, prevention for children and families, developmental disabilities, residential programs and non-profit behavioral health organizations.
About Jewish Family & Children’s Service
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that strengthens the community by providing quality behavioral health and social services to children, families and adults of all ages, in accordance with a Jewish value system that cares for all humanity. At JFCS we hope for a future where families are strong, where our elders are cared for and where children are safe. Our dedication to our mission is strengthened by our commitment to our core Jewish values that honor community and the continuity of the generations.