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Dealing With Holiday Anxiety And Depression

As November sets in and December is right around the corner, it may be a good time to look at ways to avoid holiday anxiety and depression.

Anxiety and depression are serious issues that can come up during the holiday season, but there are a few things you can do to improve your situations.
Anxiety and depression are serious issues that can come up during the holiday season, but there are a few things you can do to improve your situations.

It may be surprising to hear, but stress is a normal part of life. It is something that millions of people deal with and it is something that can actually be helpful to you in some cases. However, when the stress becomes overwhelming and turns into anxiety, that is when it poses a problem

It may be surprising to hear, but stress is a normal part of life. It is something that millions of people deal with and it is something that can actually be helpful to you in some cases. However, when the stress becomes overwhelming and turns into anxiety, that is when it poses a problem.

Unfortunately, the holiday season is one time during the year when anxiety seems to pop up more than normal. Maybe it’s because you’re surrounded by people, maybe it’s the stress of buying gifts, maybe it’s the parties, whatever it is, a lot of people deal with these issues according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Along with anxiety, many people will struggle with issues related to depression during the holiday season. Again, there are a number of reasons that some people may deal with this problem. For one, season depression is a major issue that can come up due to the lack of available sunlight.

Despite all of these problems that people may deal with during the holiday season, there are a few things that you can do to improve your situation.

Lifestyle Changes

There are a number of lifestyle changes that you can make that will likely help improve your situation and improve your overall mood and mental health.

One of the best ways to do this is to prioritize exercise. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve mental and physical health. There is evidence that it can help people who are dealing with depressive symptoms.

Along with exercise, sleep is an often overlooked aspect of life that can provide you with a number of mental and physical health benefits. Unfortunately, stress and anxiety are two things that can make it difficult for people to get a good night’s sleep. Luckily, changing a few nighttime rituals can make it easier to wake up feeling rejuvenated.

Following a sleep schedule, avoiding screens like your mobile phone, and not napping, are all easy things that you can implement to help make it easier to sleep.

While these two things may seem like they are obvious, they are so important to help you deal with certain mental health problems that you may be dealing with such as anxiety and depression.

Another very simple thing that you can do to make your situation better is to drink more water. This is something that you’ve probably hear from a young age, but drinking water regularly will help improve physical health and, in turn, mental health.

These are just a few of the easy things that you can do to work to overcome depression or anxiety problems. With that said, many people won’t follow these and will instead turn to problematic ways of dealing with these issues.

Negative Coping

It should be noted that many people may look to deal with these problems by using negative coping methods such as using drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol only provide short-term relief and will only exacerbate the problem in the long-term. Luckily there are national and local treatment centers like Indianapolis rehab to help people who are dealing with substance abuse problems.

Therapy

If your issue remains, it may be a good idea to seek out professional help. One of the most common ways to get help for mental health problems such as depression or anxiety is to find a therapist or doctor that can help.

Therapy is a great way that you can work to overcome these issues. During these sessions, patients will work with clinicians to identify the things that may be causing the problems that they are facing and from there change the way that patients think about these triggers.

Overall, there are a number of things that you can do to overcome some of these mental health problems that are common during the holiday season.

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