Ways to Beat Depression During The Holidays

Depression is different from feeling sad or unhappy, and it is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. The holiday season often brings stress and depression. Read the tips below on how to beat depression. Learn more about depression on hopkinsmedicine.orgor in the Johns Hopkins Health Library.

    Set realistic goals in light of the depression and assume a reasonable amount of responsibility.

    Break large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can.

    Try to be with other people and to confide in someone; it is usually better than being alone and secretive.

    Participate in activities that may make you feel better.

    Mild exercise, going to a movie, a ball game, or participating in religious, social, or other activities may help.

    Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Feeling better takes time.

    It is advisable to postpone important decisions until the depression has lifted. Before deciding to make a significant transition--change jobs, get married or divorced--discuss it with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.

    People rarely "snap out of" a depression. But they can feel a little better day-by-day.

    Remember, positive thinking will replace the negative thinking that is part of the depression and will disappear as your depression responds to treatment.

    Let your family and friends help you.

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