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8 Coping Strategies for the Holidays

holiday-thereseFor people prone to depression and anxiety – i.e. human beings – the holidays invite countless possibility to get sucked into negative and catastrophic thinking. You take the basic stressed-out individual and you increase her to-do list by a third, stuff her full of refined sugar and processed foods, force her into social gatherings at which she’s not feeling the love, and you have what we call “holiday blues.” Some depression during the five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years is inevitable. We just have to suck it up. But there are strategies to prevent you from a full-blown breakdown.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Michelle

    Thank you for this post. I am going through an especially difficult time and always identify with something you say. It helps me feel less different since I have respect for you.

  • Kate

    I, too, have depressing times during the holiday season. I’ve so many things to think of.

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  • Kyle Davies

    Unfortunately, I seem to keep getting error messages when I try to read all of this article :( A couple of points I would like to offer in response to the first page I can read are…statistics suggest that episodes of depression are actually higher in the Summer than the Winter. Second, at the risk of being ludicrously obvious, it is certainly better to focus on “what do I really want to do, what do I want to experience over the holidays”, rather than “how will I cope”.

  • Taji Huang

    article! I am always on the lookout for
    new helpful insights regarding anxiety.

  • Kristin Stayart

    Great article..

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