9 Tips to Avoid Holiday Depression

Dec 10th, 2015

Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but can trigger depression for many.

Oceans Behavioral Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, recognizes holiday depression is a serious problem that affects many Americans every year. 

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy but if you’re already suffering from depression, the holidays can exacerbate the problem. 

Depression is more common than AIDS, cancer and diabetes combined, and nearly 400,000 people attempt suicide in the U.S. every year. However, it’s a common misconception that the suicide rate spikes during the holidays; suicides are actually lowest in December and peak in the spring.  

If you’re feeling seasonal blues, often due to financial stress, being away from loved ones or lack of time, it’s easy to feel out-of-sync with the holiday cheer. A few symptoms include headaches, excessive drinking, overeating, decreased interest in activities once found enjoyable and insomnia or excessive sleeping.

Nine Tips to Avoid Holiday Depression: 

  1. Make realistic expectations
  2. Avoid family conflict and instead, lean on your support system
  3. Prioritize commitments and responsibilities
  4. Learn to grieve
  5. Schedule some sleep and prioritize workouts
  6. Maintain a healthy diet and resist the urge to binge on food or alcohol
  7. If you’re alone, spend time volunteering
  8. Consider your light exposure
  9. Get help 

The Oceans team of psychiatrists, medical physicians and caregivers strives to act as a support for patients and family members during this season. 

If you notice any warning signs in yourself or someone you know, schedule an appointment with your doctor.

ABOUT OCEANS HEALTHCARE

Oceans Healthcare is a nationally recognized behavioral health provider focused on healing and long-term recovery. Founded in 2004, Oceans provides inpatient and outpatient treatment with a special focus on the unique physical and emotional needs of older adults and seniors. With 17 locations in Texas and Louisiana, Oceans hospitals take great pride in their performance on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, a national healthcare accrediting agency. For more information, visit www.oceanshealthcare.com.

 

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