Don't let the poor weather, family dramas, or a tight holiday budget get you down.
With so much to enjoy during the holiday season, there is also plenty that can take a negative toll on your mood. When left unaddressed, these issues can result in a more serious situation than just a touch of stress or melancholy. Depression is a serious and dangerous enemy during this time of year. Keep yourself safe from it with these five tips.
- Give yourself room to breathe. Everyone needs a little down time for their mental health. Don't pack your social calendar so tight that you don't have time to relax, reflect, and sort through any complicated feelings that arise.
- Lean on the people who care about you. This may be your spouse, your sister, your co-worker, or your neighbor. A little support during a hard situation goes a long way.
- Stick to healthy habits. It doesn't matter how "perfect" your holidays are. If you aren't getting enough sleep, you haven't been to the gym in weeks, or you're eating your weight in sugar cookies, you are not going to be feeling at peace.
- Keep your spending under control. Few things can create anxiety, low self-worth, and depression like an out-of-control credit card statement.
- Give back to the community. When you help others, your mind tends to put your own problems in perspective. Luckily, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities during the holidays.
If you're struggling with something deeper than the holiday blues, professional care could provide the support and guidance you need to reclaim your life and happiness. Learn more about how we can help you at the Medical Center of McKinney. To receive a free physician referral, give us a call at 1-855-296-6265.