The holidays are quickly approaching. Jayme Hodges, Director of Behavioral Health with Lee Health, says while some consider it the most wonderful time of the year, it can cause anxiety and depression for others. “Holidays are difficult for a lot of people.”
She says holiday blues are a common diagnosis. “Maybe you have financial struggles, you can’t buy all the gifts you could last year, so it’s an adjustment,” said Hodges.
But there are ways to manage those feelings. “Acknowledge how you feel. That’s the important thing. A lot of people try to hide the way they feel,” said Hodges.
It’s also important to understand why you feel sad. “If someone, for instance, is feeling upset during the holidays because they’ve lost a loved one, it’s ok to be upset. But maybe look for ways to find new meaning in that holiday,” said Hodges.
Having boundaries and setting limitations during the holidays can also help to prevent feeling overwhelmed. “Recognize that you can’t do everything all at one time,” said Hodges.
If the holidays are a difficult time, avoiding certain coping mechanisms, like alcohol and isolation, is important. “Try not to isolate from other people. We are social creatures so being around others often times helps us,” said Hodges.
Acknowledge how you feel and then try to find something to focus on that will keep you at peace during the holidays.
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