Many people suffer with stress, anxiety, and depression during the winter holidays. The truth is holiday cheer isn’t guaranteed just because it’s Christmas. There are several different triggers that can cause a storm negativity during the holidays—from money stress to family stress, and from pressure and unmet expectations to loneliness.
For some people, depression around the holidays might seem unavoidable, but with a little planning and extra foresight, there are many ways to survive this time of year and avoid those common depression triggers. If you’re prone to depression over the holidays, here some common negative hazards to avoid…
1. Trim Your Obligations
While your trimming the halls with holly and mistletoe, it’s a good time to remember that it’s alright for you to say no. That means you don’t have to feel guilty and obligated to do it all. You even have the permission to celebrate in your PJ’s in the comfort of your own home, no matter what your in-laws say.
For instance, Pauline Wallin, PhD, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based author and clinical psychologist, says to give yourself permission to sit out holiday soirees and gatherings that are just too stressful. You can also limit your time at events to make an appearance, but duck out before anxiety sets in.