Dealing with the Holiday Blues

Dealing with the Holiday Blues

Holiday Drinking and Depression
Don’t Let the Holiday Blues Get You Down

It’s ironic that the holidays are about joy, but it’s the worst time of the year for depression. If you are dealing with holiday depression, you may drink to cope. However, drowning your sorrows doesn’t work. Drinking alcohol makes depression worse.

A little eggnog can make your blues even bluer. So what can you do to keep the holiday cheer without drinking? Here is a list of things that you can do to keep your spirits high while staying dry this season.

  1. Volunteer: Nothing feels more gratifying than helping those who are less fortunate. You doing something good for your fellow humans and it lifts your spirits, too.
  2. List of Gratitude: Write a list of all things you are grateful for. This reminds you of all the wonderful people and things that you have in your life.
  3. Support System: Surround yourself with people who genuinely care for you and your well-being. They will help pick you up if you are feeling down during the holidays.
  4. Avoid H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired): These four can cause stress, which can make your depression worse. Make sure you eat and read and talk to someone in your support system or attend an AA meeting. This will help you work out the anger, depression, loneliness and stress.

You don’t have to struggle with depression during the holidays alone. Finding alternatives to drinking can help you handle the feelings of depression. How do you handle the holiday blues? Share your thoughts below or on Recovery Connection’s Facebook. page. You may just help someone out with the blues.