Depression

Updated 11 July 2014

Beat those festive season blues

'Tis the season to be jolly. But unfortunately, this isn't true for everyone. Many people find it difficult to cope during the festive season. Are you one of them?

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'Tis the season to be jolly. But unfortunately, this isn't true for everyone. Many people find it difficult to cope during the festive season. Are you one of them?

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Here's how to avoid the holiday blues: don't spend more than you can afford – the debts you incur are likely to cause an anxious beginning to the New Year; remember that alcohol is essentially a depressant – excessive amounts will not help you cope and could worsen the situation; plan small treats for yourself throughout the festive season, e.g. a day at the spa or buying yourself that little something you've been wanting for ages; phone friends and family who make you feel good about yourself; and value your own needs as much as those of the rest of the family.

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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.

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