It seems the holidays come sooner with each year that passes. As soon as one holiday is over, retailers rush to beat each other to put out their merchandise before the others. And, if you think about it, it seems Christmas music is played sooner with each passing year as well. For some, this is great news. For others, this is not so great news, instead leading to feelings of anxiety, depression and wondering why on earth you feel as such.
Dr. Lara Dye, a clinical psychologist in Austin, Texas, understands these feelings. She’s helped hundreds of patients in her almost 20 years of experience, offering depression help when they need it the most. Depression around the holidays, or the holiday blues, can be debilitating. In this blog post, we’ll offer up tips for beating down the holiday blues. Contact Dr. Lara Dye for her telehealth services today!
MORE TIPS TO HELP BEAT THE HOLIDAY BLUES
Keeping with Tradition
It can be easy around the holidays to skip over holiday traditions, especially if it’s something you used to do with the kids who have now flown the coop. However, keeping with tradition helps to form a cohesiveness to your life and can pull you out of the quicksand when it is threatening to pull you under. For example, many couples give up getting a Christmas tree every year once the kids are out of the house. However, especially if you have a tradition of cutting your own tree, this is important to adhere to. Plus, the mere act of pulling out your Christmas lights and ornaments are sure to evoke fun memories with your kids.
Another suggestion is to create new traditions. You could decide to head to warmer climes for the holidays, or spend Christmas day engaging in a new hobby, such as skiing or visiting neighborhood nursing homes. Or, if you can’t stand to be in a certain place because the memories are too sad, then go somewhere else for the holidays.
Take Care of Yourself
Dr. Lara Dye wants to remind you that it’s important to take care of yourself during the hub-bub of the holidays. It’s important to eat well, stay healthy, drink plenty of water, and exercise during the busyness of the season. Too many people get caught up in shopping for others, attending holiday parties, baking, and going here and there and everywhere that they are exhausted by the time the new year hits, which opens them up to colds and the flu. By exercising, you’ll get an endorphin rush and feel better about yourself. By making sleep a priority (and with the shortened days, that shouldn’t be a problem!), you’ll have more energy to make things off your to-do list, and by just taking the time to be at peace with your feelings of sadness or grief, you’ll feel better.
HOW DR. LARA DYE CAN HELP WITH THE HOLIDAY BLUES
If you are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn, Dr. Lara Dye in Austin can offer depression help. Through her telehealth services, she can help in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and all throughout Texas. You don’t have to suffer alone. Call for depression help today!