The holiday season is here, and you may be feeling joyful and happy. Or you may be feeling stressed out, lonely, and depressed. For many people, this time of year can be difficult. You may feel overwhelmed by your to-do list, and you may miss family and friends who live far away. If you're experiencing the holiday blues, here are some ways to improve your outlook.
Start your own traditions. If you can't be with family this holiday season, find new ways to celebrate. Plan a get-together with friends in your community. You are likely not the only person who is feeling isolated.
Volunteer your time. No matter what situation you are in, other people are in need, too. Volunteer for a cause that is important to you. You could try a local food bank or soup kitchen, a pet rescue, or other charity. Through these activities, you can give back to your community and meet new people, too. At Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, we always welcome new volunteers.
Set realistic expectations. Remember that no one has a perfect holiday. Don't feel as though your home has to be decorated to keep up with the rest of the neighborhood. Don't get stressed out planning an elaborate meal or trying to find the best gifts. Instead, keep things simple, and appreciate the true meaning of the season.
Watch your budget. No matter what your holiday plans are, don't spend more than you should. Set a budget and stick to it. Otherwise, when those credit card bills come in, you won't have a very happy New Year.
Don't overdo it. If you are feeling down, don't try to feel better by drinking or eating too much. Too much alcohol will add to your depression, and too much food is unhealthy for your body. Instead, find healthy ways to improve your mood. Go for a walk, call a friend, or watch a great movie.
If you find that you're feeling more that just the usual holiday stress, you could be suffering from depression or other issues. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is here to help. Just call Consult-A-Nurse® at 1-888-256-7692 to get a physician referral. Or contact our Behavioral Health Services at 305-682-7245.