For most people the holidays are a time of joy, happiness and good feelings. But for many Americans the holidays only present yet another opportunity to reflect on all the they feel is brining them down. For these people, the holidays only serve to magnify Feelings of loneliness and depression. But there are things a depressed person can do to help them cope with these feelings during the holidays.
Giving helps the spirit and gives meaning and purpose to an otherwise dreary day. Being generous towards others can brighten your life. So, if you’re expecting to have a tough time this holiday season, sign yourself up to volunteer somewhere. Help out at a soup kitchen, volunteer at an animal shelter, or even just offer to help a neighbor string their Christmas lights. Any of these things will make you feel better.
When feeling especially glum, something as simple as taking a walk can have an energizing affect. Just being outside can do wonders for your mental health. Walking at a brisker pace will force you to take deeper breaths. Deep breathing helps more oxygen get into your bloodstream, which is then carried to the brain. Having plenty of oxygen traveling to your brain can be a big help in regulating imbalances.
Sometimes starting a new tradition, something new can help avoid memories that can sap your good mood. Because it is a new thing, there aren’t any memories attached to it and instead it presents an opportunity create new and happier memories. Your new tradition can be as big or as small, and involve as many or as little people, as you’d like.
Depression during the holidays can become a serious problem but there are ways such as those mentioned that can help alleviate its negative effects. If you are depressed or know someone who is, remember that the best way to combat depression is to stay busy and be around people.