By Michele Brennen on Psych Central
"The holidays are here and it’s the happiest time of the year! Except the holiday season is also known for higher rates of depression and suicide. This seems like conflicting information during this time of year, but it’s pretty accurate. However, there is hope to getting through the holiday season. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Remind yourself that commercialization of the season is just a marketing technique. You do not need to succumb to these advertising tactics.
2. Set a budget for Holiday spending and stick to it. If you feel guilty about not spending as lavishly as your friends, just explain you’re trying to focus on the meaning of the season and won’t get caught up in the shopping rush.
3. Focus on the positive aspects of your life, and don’t compare yourself to others or try to recreate images seen in the media.
4. Remember that it is the season for giving, so give your time to a local charity. Giving back to your community is rewarding and fulfilling.
5. Be realistic. You don’t have to attend every party, or commit to everything. You are one individual and can do the work of one individual. Besides if you are stressed out, tired and run down you’re not going to be helpful or joyful anyway.
6. Limit your intake of alcohol during the holidays. This helps advert feelings of depression.
7. Remember that if your depression worsens, reach out for help through the suicide hotline (800) 273-8255."
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