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Facing Depression During the Holidays? 8 Tips to Get Through

Facing Depression During the Holidays? 8 Tips to Get Through

Anything that can make facing holidays with depression easier is a blessing. Read 8 tips to help you face the holidays when depression relapse is a concern.

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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The Chemical Effects of Alcohol on the Depressed Brain

The Chemical Effects of Alcohol on the Depressed Brain

It’s important to understand the chemical effects of alcohol on the depressed brain. I have the habit of turning to the bottle when I am having a rough day, as drowning out my mind with a bottle of wine often seems like the most tempting, albeit unhealthy, coping method. The societal glamorization of alcohol increases temptation, bombarding me with pubs and beautiful billboards which claim that the best way to relax is with several pitchers of beer. However, the chemical effects of alcohol are damaging to the depressed brain, and I’ve learned that a bad day plus a drunken night equates to an even worse morning.

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Ways To Prepare for Winter Depression

Ways To Prepare for Winter Depression

Preparing for winter depression can help prevent or mitigate its effects. Here are some tips to strike a preemptive blow against winter depression. Take a look.

Preparing for the winter when you have depression is an important thing to do, since so many of us suffer from the winter blues. We’re in the fall right now, so this is a good time to start planning ahead for the cold days and long dark nights. It’s time to prepare for winter depression.

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Tips for Traveling with Depression to Avoid Anxiety

Tips for Traveling with Depression to Avoid Anxiety

Traveling with depression can be helpful and even healing, but it can also be stressful. Travel stress, or spending a lot of time in close proximity with other people and being out of normal routines, can sometimes provoke a worsening of depression symptoms. Here are some tips on travelling with depression.

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Perfectionism and Depression

Perfectionism and Depression

Perfectionism and depression are common and I know this because my name’s Liz, and I’m a perfection-a-holic. I suspect that my unrelenting standards (mostly applied to myself) might be linked more than I care to admit to my long term depression. I suspect my perfectionism comes with my depression.

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The News Can Trigger Depression

The News Can Trigger Depression

We live in a world easily saturated by the news cycle. Whether through television, radio, the printed word, or the Internet, information on current events is continually available. But being constantly connected to the news can take a toll on our mental health and depression can trigger depression.

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Tips to Deal with Holiday Depression Triggers

Tips to Deal with Holiday Depression Triggers

Are you dealing with holiday depression? The holiday season is upon us and with it, an almost obligatory sense of wellbeing is put forth by just about everyone around us, from advertisers to co-workers, friends and family. But what about those of us who suffer from just such a lack of wellbeing at this time of year? How can those who are depressed, better make it through the holidays?

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Research Into the Causes of Depression

Research Into the Causes of Depression

A recent article in the New York Times raised some interesting questions about depression, including whether the conventional ways of looking at depression causes are wrong.

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Unemployment and Depression With Anxiety

Unemployment and Depression With Anxiety

Recently I found out that my work duties have been cut back significantly, leaving me feeling lost and also looking for new work. Job loss can be a significant trigger for depression. This has led me to seek out coping skills to deal with this new reality in my life.

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