The holiday season can be difficult for some people. A chaotic schedule, lack of seeing family and friends, or dealing with a loss can have a major toll on one’s well being. It is not easy,but you are not alone. You will make it through. Depression is a serious condition that is often comorbid with ADD/ADHD. It can be difficult to differentiate the symptoms between the two, but both can have a negative effect on one’s emotional and cognitive wellbeing. Follow these steps from Additude Magazine and our Holiday Survival Guide to be your jolly self during the holidays.
1) Talk With Someone:
Talk to a doctor or a therapist if you are not feeling like your ordinary self. Being honest with yourself and talking with a specialist will help set you on the right path to healing. If these options are not readily available, talk to family or friends. These are people that you can trust and that will help support you during these hard times. Depression is never easy, and you never have to face it alone. There are also hotlines readily available if you would like support from a different perspective. If you notice anyone that may be experiencing the holiday blues, reach out and let them know there is always someone to talk to.
2) Explore Yourself:
The holidays can be filled with family and friends, or they can be rather lonely. Kids and adults often experience depression due to loneliness during the holiday season. Kids are not interacting with their usual classmates, and adults are not interacting with their usual co-workers. The interactions that we have outside our typical homes help shape the way we build relationships with others. During these hard times, focus on yourself! Take the time to reconnect with your favorite hobbies, music, or activities. Grow as an individual, and you will see how your relationships with other people will also grow.
3) Try Something New:
Staying indoors with family and friends can be great, but it can also be emotionally draining. There is a lot of energy in the air - use it to try something new! A unique experience can help with your cognitive growth as you learn a new skill. This can be from trying different mind games or learning a new language. Our brain has the ability to grow through neuroplasticity. If you are feeling down, this can be the spark you need to get back to a positive daily cycle.
Depression affects the entire family. Take the necessary steps to make sure your loved ones are getting the proper care and attention. Always let them know that they are not alone.
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