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Facing Depression During the Holidays? 8 Tips to Get Through

Facing Depression During the Holidays? 8 Tips to Get Through

The holidays can be difficult if you have depression. Here are eight tips on facing the holidays with depression.

If you’re facing depression during the holidays, this is an especially trying time. You’re already dealing with so much, and then you need to add in the shopping, decorating, and time spent being social. This year, I’ve decided to plan ahead so that I can be at my best to enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. Keep reading to discover eight tips for facing depression during the holidays.

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Correct Negative Thoughts and Self-Talk with Positive Truths

Correct Negative Thoughts and Self-Talk with Positive Truths

Negative thoughts and self-talk commonly plague those with depression and they will keep you depressed. Use positive truths to manage them. Here's how.

Negative thoughts and self-talk are the most frequent symptoms of depression I’ve experienced. Sometimes, it would take one seemingly small comment or event to propel me back down into the despair of an endless cycle of negative thoughts and self-talk from which it could take weeks or sometimes even months to fully recover. I got so tired of other people, situations, and depression having that kind of power over me. I asked my therapist for some depression coping skills and tools that would allow me to be better equipped to fight this battle. And they’re working.

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How Using Mindfulness for Depression Helps You Get Well

How Using Mindfulness for Depression Helps You Get Well

Mindfulness for depression helps you get better and stay well. Learn more about how using mindfulness as a depression treatment soothes your depressed brain.

How can using mindfulness for depression help you recover? Well, mindfulness is about living in the now by taking notice of what’s around us and the feelings that are inside of us. It’s about being fully present and removing the extra layer of thought that we normally attach to people, things, and events. Using mindfulness for depression changed my life because my depressed brain was anything but peaceful.

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Plan Ahead to Reduce Depression During the Holidays

Plan Ahead to Reduce Depression During the Holidays

Depression during the holidays is manageable with a plan. Check out this article and video aimed to lessen depression during the holidays so you can have fun.The holidays are quickly approaching, and in order to cope well with depression during the holidays, we need to have a plan in place. While this may be the most wonderful time of the year for some, winter holidays can be the most difficult for others. Those of us depression may be faced with a myriad of potential triggers during the holidays; however, there are some things we can do in order to equip ourselves to cope with them and better deal with our depression during the holidays.

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How to Handle Depression When World Events Overwhelm You

How to Handle Depression When World Events Overwhelm You

Dealing with depression when world events feel overwhelming seems to be more necessary than ever. Learn four things you can to when world events overwhelm you.

It seems we’re asked to handle depression due to overwhelming world events and tragedies almost every day. Everywhere we turn, there’s another deadly event or natural disaster. As a highly sensitive person (HSP), I find that these world events can overwhelm me and can increase my depressive symptoms. Over the years, I have found ways of coping so that I can live a happier life even when world events overwhelm me or increase my depression.

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Helping Others Helps Ease Depression

Helping Others Helps Ease Depression

Helping others can help with depressive symptoms. Here are three ways helping others can help with depression.

I had no idea that helping others would help ease my depression when my daughter and I held an ongoing bake sale to help a friend affected by Hurricane Harvey. For three weeks, we baked and sold our goodies every day. I noticed that, while saddened about all that is going on in the world, my mood improved. Helping others eased my depression, and I stopped to consider how.

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Introduction to Michelle Sedas, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Introduction to Michelle Sedas, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Michelle Sedas, author of "Coping with Depression," talks about her history with mental illness. Learn about Michelle Sedas and how she handles depression.My name is Michelle Sedas, and I am the Author of Coping with Depression. I’m delighted to get to blog for HealthyPlace. As the saying goes, “Write what you know,” and with my history of depression, I can’t think of a blog more suited for me to write.

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Coping with Depression’s Ups and Downs

Coping with Depression’s Ups and Downs

Depression's ups and downs create an emotional rollercoaster that makes it hard to take care of yourself. Here at tips to cope with depression's ups and downs.

I’ve never been one that enjoys roller coasters, whether it’s a theme park ride or depression’s ups and downs. I do not consider it fun to be shot high into the sky and then hurled quickly back toward the ground. I can avoid almost anything that remotely resembles a roller coaster, except I am unable to escape depression, along with all of its ups and downs. The Depression Roller Coaster firmly locks me in place.

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How to Enjoy Life and Have Fun While Coping with Depression

How to Enjoy Life and Have Fun While Coping with Depression

You can enjoy life and have fun while coping with depression. Try these gradual phases of enjoying life and having fun for yourself. You deserve it. Read this.

Enjoying life and having fun is an important part of our existence. Incorporating it into our daily lives is an essential part of learning how to live with and manage our depression in a healthy way. While we know this is true, the challenging part can be putting enjoyment and fun into practice. I’ve discovered some ways to make this easier, and I’ve found that making time to enjoy life and have fun is beneficial to learning to cope with depression.

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Keeping Friends When You Have Depression Is a Challenge

Keeping Friends When You Have Depression Is a Challenge

Keeping friends when you have depression is difficult because symptoms get in the way. Keeping friends is easier when you only keep the good ones.

Keeping friends when you have depression can be difficult. Often those of us with depression exert a great deal of energy in simply accomplishing daily tasks, practicing self-care, and caring for our families. It can feel like maintaining friendships is the last thing we have time for; however, keeping friends when you have depression is an important part of learning to cope.

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