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How to Avoid Common Holiday Depression Triggers

Many people suffer with stress, anxiety, and depression during the winter holidays. The truth is holiday cheer isn’t guaranteed just because it’s forced on you by television specials, social media posts, and carols in every single store you step foot in. Several sources can cause a storm negativity during the holidays—from money stress to family stress, and from pressure and unmet expectations to loneliness.

If you’re prone to depression over the holidays, here are six 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.

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