The holiday season is full of fun and merry plans with all the planning, decorations, and gatherings of family and friends. However, along with the fun often comes stress and depression. In addition to the holiday season, some people feel depressed in the winter months, a condition called SAD-Seasonal Affective Depression, caused by minimal sunlight, gray skies, and the long dark nights of the winter season.
Some of the symptoms of the holiday blues or depression include: restlessness, feeling on edge, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, upset stomach, muscle tension, feeling of sadness, irritability, and sleep disturbance. The holiday blues can also affect your behavior by causing over or under eating, angry outbursts, drug or alcohol abuse, and social withdrawal.
There are several useful techniques to help deal with the additional stress and depression associated with the holidays. Here are a few of the more useful techniques:
“Enjoy the blessings of the day…for this day only is ours: we are dead to yesterday and not born to tomorrow.” Jeremy Taylor
Wishing all of you a happy, peaceful Holiday season.
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