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Ways To Enjoy the Holiday Season

The weather has turned chilly, and the calendar on your desk is getting thinner. All clues that the end of another year is upon us and that the holiday season has arrived in full force. For all of us, this is the time of year that we have come to look forward to and/or to dread. It is a time for
special gatherings with family, friends, and co-workers. Or, maybe this is a time of year when one remembers a loved one who is no longer among us. Still, maybe this is a time of year when being alone and the feeling of loneliness is a concern. The holiday season is also a time of added pressures to do more with the same amount of time and sometimes less energy to do it with.

In any case, this is the time of year when many of us become susceptible to holiday stress that may lead to depression. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are practical strategies you can follow
that can help manage the stress and overwhelm, and ultimately reduce the incidence of depression. Following are a few helpful ideas to assist you with making the most of the holiday season.

Manage Holiday Stress—Don’t Let Stress Manage You

Sometimes it is necessary to ask for assistance in order to get through difficult times.

References and Resources   

  1. American Psychological Association, 1996-1997.
  2. National Mental Health Association, 2001.
  3. Pollock, K. M., Exercise In Treating Depression: Broadening the Psychotherapist’s Role, Journal of Clinical Psychology/In Session, Vol. 57 (11), 2001, pp. 1289-1300.
  4. Goldstein, J.H., Therapeutic Effects of Laughter. Fry, W.F. and Salameh, W.A. (Eds.), Handbook of Humor and Psychotherapy—Advances in the Clinical Use of Humor, 1987, pp. 1-19.