It’s that time of year again. The sleigh bells are ringing, turtle doves are singing and the holiday depression is slowly creeping in. According to studies, over 10 million Americans experience higher levels of stress and depression during the fall and winter seasons; affecting four times as many women as men. It’s important to remember you’re not alone, and while these feelings may seem overwhelming, they’re only temporary. 

Try your best, get some rest and follow these simple rules to manage your holiday blues: 

RULE #1: Don’t overindulge on treats. 

It’s important to maintain your regular eating and drinking habitats as much as possible. Over-eating, or drinking alcohol in excess, can cause symptoms of seasonal depression to worsen. 

RULE #2: Maintain realistic expectations. 

When you think of Thanksgiving… what’s comes to mind? Spending time with family and friends, hardy feasts, and treasured memories. The holidays don’t demand perfection. Give yourself time to get what you need done and permission to make mistakes. Find peace in the harmonious chaos that accompanies the holiday season. 

RULE #3: Avoid holiday triggers. 

Seasonal depression can be triggered by so many things like being alone, remembering loved ones lost, and the stress of holiday expectations. Resist the urge to stay in. Plan ahead, make to-do lists, ask for help, and acknowledge the memories and people you’re missing. It’s okay to feel unhappy. Let yourself be sad. 

RULE #4: Just say no. 

Learn that in times of stress, you’re health comes first. Saying yes to every Christmas party and overbooking your holiday schedule is not a productive way to manage depression. Instead, say no to requests that overextend your current capabilities. Take time to yourself to regroup and respect your body’s limitations. 

RULE #5: Find ways to relax. 

If a good book is what you need to escape the holiday blues, then read that book! Listen to your favorite music, get pampered, and ease your anxiety with a stress-relieving activity that’s just for you. 

People across the globe experience seasonal depression. Most commonly, symptoms include feelings of loneliness, sadness, anxiety, fatigue, frustration, and loss. If depression is getting the best of you this holiday season, counseling may be the right fit. Call 954.675.1936 today to schedule a free consultation! 

Need Extra Help or Advice?

If you feel like you could use additional support or a place to work through your feelings, Susan Block, LMFT offers comprehensive counseling for those who are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or just seeking guidance to help them live happier lives. We’d love to help you. Call our office today and request a free consultation, or schedule your appointment: 954-675-1936.

Susan Block is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in marriage, family and individual therapy and is an active member of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Susan Block practices in South Florida

Susan Block is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in marriage, family and individual therapy. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University in 1997 and completed her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2004. Also an active member of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Susan Block offers Couples Counseling in South Florida, as well as online therapy throughout the state. Click on the link to find out more: