How To Overcoming Anxiety And Depression After The Holidays
Jan 06, 2020
After the holidays, people are full of anxiety, depression, fear, anger, self-doubt, low self-esteem and alcohol. Everything can hurt you emotionally, mentally and physically!
Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to take the steps that will help you to feel better. Sometimes, just thinking about the things you should do to feel better, like exercising or spending time with friends, can seem exhausting or impossible to put into action.
Try these coping strategies if you're feeling depressed:
1. Reach out and stay connected You may feel too exhausted to talk, ashamed at your situation, or guilty for neglecting certain relationships. But this is just the depression talking. Staying connected to other people and taking part in social activities will make a world of difference in your mood and outlook.
2. Do things that make you feel good Pick up a former hobby or a sport you used to like. Express yourself creatively through music, art, or writing.
3. Get moving To get the most benefit, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. This doesn’t have to be all at once—and it’s okay to start small. A 10-minute walk can improve your mood for two hours. 4. Don't drink too much alcohol For some people, alcohol can become a problem, But alcohol won't help you solve your problems and could also make you feel more depressed.
5. Get enough sleep When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest, so rest yourself as much as you can.
6. Pleasing Trying to please all of your relatives – deciding what to get, whom to see, and what to do – can make you feel guilty and like you’re not doing enough, which leads to depression.