8 Tips for Coping with Depression During the Holidays
written by Jerry Joseph, M.D., posted on Hackensack Meridian Health
Joy. It’s a word most would associate with the holiday season, yet for many of the 320+ million people worldwide suffering from depression, joy might feel nearly impossible this time of the year. According to one study, 38 percent of people surveyed said that their stress levels increased during the holidays.
The holidays tend to be a difficult time for those battling depression. Often this is because of triggers like increased stress, navigating family dynamics and burnout due to a packed schedule of holiday activities and commitments. There are certain coping mechanisms that prove helpful in managing depression during the holidays, but before we get into them, it’s important to remember that feeling blue — or down and out – is different from suffering from depression*.