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Holiday Blues

Holiday Blues

 

You might think that only people who spend the holidays alone are susceptible to holiday depression. That’s not the case. Depression doesn’t really care if you’re alone or surrounded by loved ones. Depression and anxiety can hit hard during the holidays. There plenty of factors around this time of year to push your mind to its limits.

First off, it’s cold

Seasonal depression is real! Lack of warmth and sun can cause any flower to wilt. So make sure you get your daily dose of vitamin D through your diet. Also, if the sun is shining, bundle up and get outside for a few minutes. This will help boost your mood.

Spending money

It’s true that some folks love to spend money, but there’s usually a pang of guilt in doing so. Especially, if it was a frivolous purchase. Other people feel a lot of pressure when spending money around the holiday season. Do they have enough money for presents? Is it a good enough present? How can I afford that? For parents, the largest concern is, I want to make sure they have a great Christmas… All of these thoughts put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Anxiety heightens, and that’s when depression can also slip into the party. Take the pressure off. Put a cap on your budget. Ask your kids if they could only have one thing, what would it be? This allows you to find out where their priorities lie. With friends and relatives, suggest a white elephant exchange or a Pollyanna. And do you still feel like you need to get something for everyone? Do a cookie bake or make homemade bath bombs and scrubs. Homemade gifts are always treasured.

Family drama, not made for TV

During holidays, lots of family drama can surface. It May sound too simple, but shake it off. Who cares that aunt so-n-so doesn’t think that’s a proper desert for the holiday dinner or grandparents think you’re in the wrong line of work? If you’re spending the holidays with them, the only answer should be you love them. Love them for who they are, even if you feel they can’t love you for who you are. If you can’t, then you should consider who you are spending your time with. This is the time of year to spend with LOVED ones.

It’s the end of the year and you still haven’t accomplished that

Every year, millions, if not billions, make New Year resolutions for their life. 12 months later, they didn’t accomplish what they set out to do. Take the pressure off yourself and try a five-year plan instead. Having goals is important. But having deadlines can cause anxiety. Give yourself a break. And remember, if it’s part of your destiny, you’ll eventually get there.

Which brings me to my final point, …Therapy

This is the time of year for giving, more than receiving. Therapy comes in many forms. So if depression hits, try volunteering your time. Donate gifts, food or clothing to the less fortunate. Helping others can pull you out of your own depression.

Mental health is important all year round. But there’s certain times throughout the year, the mind can be tested. We miss loved ones or ended-relationships during certain periods of life. Around the holidays, we are reminded this is a time to be spent with loved ones. And it’s alright to miss them, but we must remember to celebrate these times as well. If you can’t shake the blues or you feel them coming on perhaps it’s best to talk with a therapist. Remember, there are people that can help if you need to talk. If you or someone you know is suffering with depression this holiday season, please seek help.

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

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Help Your Friend Beat The January Blues

Help Your Friend Beat The January Blues

While we joke about the post-Christmas lull or the New Year blues, for some people these are very real and significant feelings that can lead to depression and anxiety. While we bask in the fun, laughter and joy of the festive season, we forget that for some, the crashing low of having those vibes cease in January can be too much to bear. If you think you might have a friend or family member who is suffering at the beginning of 2018, read on to find out how you can help guide them through this testing time.

 

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Getting To The Root of The Issues

 

Helping your friend to get to the crux of their problems is not a job that you can do easily without the aid of a professional. However, even after all of the encouragement, support and help you can give, it is up to your pal to decide to ask for help. The individual suffering from anxiety or depression needs to realize themselves that they have a problem. You need to be patient and wait for them to pick up the phone and make that all-important first appointment with their doctor. Until then, you need to be there, listen when they want to vent and let them know that you won’t desert them in their time of need.

 

There is often an underlying reason why people suffer from depression or anxiety. It could be because of a traumatic event in their past, a feeling they’ve had since childhood or the stresses of everyday work life. When they find the root cause of their issue, you can be there to support them in trying to overcome it.

 

Secondary Factors

 

Alongside depression often comes other facets that accentuate the issue. Depression and anxiety can cause feelings of self-loathing and intrusive thoughts. To try and block out these negative emotions, people may use alcohol or drugs as a crutch and as a way to forget. Again, it’s vital that your friend eventually recognizes that their addiction isn’t normal or healthy and they require help. When they enter a detox program, you can be present and support them through their inevitable roller coaster journey. Craving quelling medication like Vivitrol can ease the symptoms of withdrawal. However you may be concerned of your friend taking another drug when they are trying to get clean. So what happens, should you take opiates while on Vivitrol? Your friend won’t even feel the urge due to the antagonistic effect of the medication.

 

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Talking

 

Alongside a potential detox, seeking medical help and having you as a listening ear, your friend might appreciate a third party to talk to. This objective viewpoint can help them reveal more personal feelings and emotions that they wouldn’t usually even to their best friend. Don’t take this as an insult or be offended; it’s simply sometimes easier to talk openly to a stranger.

 

While the January blues are common, it is the depression that this can lead to which is more unusual. If you have a friend who is suffering or tends to feel low at this time of year, heed this advice and try to guide them to a more positive frame of mind in 2018.

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