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Fight Sadness or Anxiety during the Holidays | Print |

 Most people look forward to the winter holiday season because it is filled with celebrations centered around Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.   However, others may experience sadness, loneliness, and anxiety.   If you are experiencing feelings of sadness or anxiety during the holidays, you’re not alone.    Many others share the same feelings.   Meanwhile, you can take positive steps to manage your feelings and get the help that you need.

  • Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself.   Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle.
  • Make a list and prioritize the important activities. This can help make holiday tasks more manageable.
  • Do not put all your energy into just one holiday. You can spread the holiday cheer from one holiday to the next.
  • Live and enjoy the present, and look to the future with optimism.
  • Don't set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing the present with the good old days of the past.
  • If you are lonely, try volunteering some time to help others.
  • Find holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations, going window shopping without buying, and watching the winter weather, whether it's a snowflake or a raindrop.
  • Limit your drinking, since excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of  depression.
  • Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
  • Spend time with supportive and caring people.
  • Reach out and make new friends.
  • Make time to contact a long-lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer.
  • Make time for yourself!
  • Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
  • Keep track of your holiday spending. Overspending can lead to  depression  when the bills arrive after the holidays are over. Extra bills with little budget to pay them can lead to further  stress and depression.

If you continue to experience feelings of sadness or anxiety, contact your physician, or call the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities at (404) 613-7013alt.   You may also visit WWW.LIVEBETTERFULTON.ORG.


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