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Managing Holiday Depression - Behavioral Health

The holidays are just around the corner. For many it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for others the holidays can cause a lot of stress. From shopping, to holiday parties, even decorating, Dr. Daryl Tanski, a psychiatrist with Lee Health, says for some the holidays can cause anxiety, stress, even depression. “I think it’s important to understand that people are going to be vulnerable to stress over the holidays.”Dr. Tanski says holiday stress is common, but it can be managed. “Stress has a pretty negative impact on our body. Blood pressure goes up, stomach doesn’t feel good, headache, fatigue, all those things we don’t want to have to feel at a time that’s supposed to be happy and joyful.”To help manage holiday stress, it’s important to be able to say no and set limits. “You don’t have to go to every party you’re invited to. It’s ok to say no,” said Dr. Tanski.Also, get plenty of rest and be mindful of indulgence. “Things like alcohol and sweets and treats because an excess amount of those can have an impact on how we’re thinking and feeling about ourselves,” said Dr. Tanski.Try to maintain a routine of healthy eating and exercise. Also, do things like shopping, cooking and decorating in moderation so you don’t get overwhelmed this holiday season. “Realizing that things around the holidays aren’t going to be perfect, as much as we would like them to be, accepting things for what they are,” said Dr. Tanski.Most importantly, surround yourself with positive people who can help to create happy memories and healthy experiences.View More Health Matters video segments at Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care.Visit