Last minute Christmas shopping can be draining and depressing with added pressure of all the year-end happenings can exhaust you, but with these healthy tips anxiety can be defeated.
The long to-do lists and busy schedules of the holidays are sources of anxiety and depression for some people.
Here are a few ideas to help you stay mentally healthy:
- Recognise and deal with your feelings. If you've recently gone through a loss, allow yourself to feel sad. Cry, talk about your feelings and don't force yourself to be happier.
- Seek support from friends, loved ones and community resources. Or seek professional help.
Volunteering may help boost your mood.
- Be realistic in your expectations for the holidays, and be open to changes.
- Be accepting of loved ones, and set aside any differences until after the holidays. Recognise that others also may be struggling with holiday depression.
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