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Dealing With Depression During the Holidays

By Randi Morse

As someone who has dealt with depression since I was a teenager, I know and understand how difficult it can be to deal with this mental health illness during the holiday season. It's a time when everyone is supposed to be happy and excited, but if you struggle with depression there is always the possibility that you could wind up dealing with a depressive episode and find yourself very unhappy and in a depressed state. There are some things you can do, however, that will help you to avoid dealing with those bleak moods.

Tap Your Support System

Everyone who deals with a serious mental illness should have a support system around them. This system can be made up of a variety of different types of people, including doctors, therapists, friends, and family members. If you're worried that the holiday season could trigger your depression, tap your support system for help. It's important to remember that they aren't just there to help you when you're down, they're also there to help prevent you from slipping into depression. Talk with your close friends, or family, or your doctor or therapist about your concerns.

Take Time for You

During the holiday season I always find myself running here and there, spending hours buying and wrapping gifts, and cooking and cleaning enough that my mother is content with the state of my house (hint: she never is!). If you have a mental illness like depression, it's important to remember to take time for yourself during this crazy season. One way I do this is to spend an hour or so every few days playing my favorite video game. It's something I look forward to as I consider it a reward for getting my task list completed. This hour spent focusing completely on something I love doing allows my mind to calm and my body to reset a bit. Find something that you love doing and make sure you take time doing it during the holiday rush.

A diagnosis of depression means that you're likely going to be dealing with the illness for the rest of your life. But this doesn't have to take away from the joy and happiness you can find in life. When you're proactive about your illness you can prevent a depressive mode from happening. Stopping a depressive downswing before it starts is actually much easier than digging yourself out of the deep depression cave once you're fully entrenched.

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