Tips for Overcoming Depression During the Holidays

stress-and-depression-at-christmasThough for many the holidays are a time for happiness and joy, for others it can be a depressing time. Many years ago I remember the holidays being that way after I had come through a difficult loss. I just wanted to hide out and wait for the holiday season to be over. At the same time I dived deeper into my spiritual practice and learned even positive ways to cope. Before sharing ways to cope, here are some things that can get you down.

  • Loss — of loved ones, finances, work.
  • Unresolved Grief — over past losses that you have not worked through
  • Anticipating Loss — of a loved one, a job, money.
  • Contrast between the seeming joy others feel over the holiday and the reality of your own life.
  • Sense of increased isolation and loneliness.
  • Stress — to much to do, buy, too much traffic, having to connect with people you may not want to.

So, how do you cope?

  1. Breathe! Take a deep breath and tell yourself you will be alright.
  2. Meditate. Get in touch with the spiritual essence inside of you.
  3. Feel Your Feelings. Realize it is normal to feel sadness and grief, and take time to cry if need be.
  4. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
  5. Manage Stress. Take a walk. Visualize how your life could be different. Do something nice for yourself.
  6. Be Careful With Money if You Have Financial Stress. Remember little things that don’t cost much can also bring joy.
  7. Learn to Say No. If you really are not up to being with people who bring you down, then give yourself permission to not be with them. Also avoid downer music, movies, television and social media news and programs.
  8. Seek Out Uplifting People. That includes on social media and only listening to music and watching shows (YouTube videos) that bring you inspiration and hope.
  9. Enjoy Some Nature. Take a walk, do some stargazing, look for different kinds of snowflakes, enjoy a sunset.
  10.  Seek Professional Help if You Need It.

Remember, I am here for you! Set up an appointment to talk to me, or take a retreat with me if you need to.


Peace, love, and light!

Dr. Lisa Love

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