With the holidays coming up right around the corner, many people may find themselves feeling sad, stressed, lonely, or overly emotional. The holidays can be a difficult time for some people and can triggers symptoms. Some warning signs to be on the lookout for are if you find yourself feeling:
sad, lonely, overly emotional and/or sensitive, unmotivated, mentally and/or physically exhausted, low energy, lack of desire to do things that you normally enjoy, irritable, withdrawn, isolative, and/or lack of hope.
These are signs of depression.
Just like when we start noticing signs that we may be coming down with a cold or a flu and we take all kinds of precautions to boost our physical immunity we can do the same with our EMOTIONAL HEALTH and well-being. Here are things you can do to BOOST YOUR EMOTIONAL IMMUNITY. These things can help you minimize or even avoid becoming depressed over the holidays. Here are some tips:
1. Be sure you get enough sleep. Your physical health affects your mental health!
2. Make sure you do not skip meals and that you eat healthy, well-balanced, and satisfying meals that help to increase your energy and mood rather than deplete it.
3. Spending time with friends and family even if you feel like isolating. Isolating fuels and feeds depression!
4. Do things and activities that you enjoy and that uplift you. You may not feel motivated to do these things if you are feeling down or depressed but by doing them you will improve your mood and activate the happy chemicals in your brain. That will make you feel motivated and want to be more active!
5. Engage in some sort of physical activity whether it is walking, hiking, working out at the gym, stretching, yoga etc.
6. Do not spend all your time at home. Go outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunlight. It helps to uplift your mood.
7. Be kind to yourself and be around others who are kind to you. Treat yourself with TENDER LOVING CARE, yes TLC! You need it and deserve it! Treat yourself to something you like even if it is something small.
8. Try to avoid things that stress you out that you are able to avoid.
9. If you have a spiritual or religious practice or faith, this is a great time to connect and use your it to strengthen you. Things like meditation, yoga, reading inspirational books, church can all be very effective ways to combat depression and stress.
10. If you find that the symptoms above last for a prolonged period of time, are difficult to manage on your own, and are interfering with your everyday life, it may mean that you need to seek professional help. Asking for help may be hard and for some people may seem like a sign of weakness but it is actually a sign of strength
The biggest gift you can give those around you and yourself is a happier you!