Holiday survival guide for people with depression

Holiday survival guide for people with depression

The holiday season can often bring unwelcome guests, stress and depression.

The holidays present an array of demands like cooking meals, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining.

A CDC report states an estimated 1 in 10 adults in the United States reports having depression during the holidays.

If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, you can make it through the holidays with these simple tips.

1. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close has recently died or you can't be with loved ones, know that it's normal to feel sadness and grief.

2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community. They can offer support and companionship.

3. Money is another source of holiday stress. Have a budget and stick to it.

4. Having a routine will help normalize your life, despite an increase in social activities over the holidays.

5. Take care of yourself and avoid overindulging at the holiday buffet or bar.