A lot is going on in the world right now. We’re in a pandemic, the holidays are coming, and many people are suffering from seasonal depression as we experience less sunlight during the winter months. It’s a stressful time of year in normal circumstances, and this year seems to be even more stressful due to the pandemic. It’s okay if you feel on edge or are completely overwhelmed by this year. However, it is important to have a plan for how you’re going to get through the holidays this year while still maintaining your recovery.

Depression From the Holidays

It’s important to remember that you don’t have to participate in holiday cheer all of the time. If the holidays are getting you down, distract yourself by watching your favorite non-holiday TV show or start a non-holiday project. Don’t be afraid to take some time for yourself to relax–you’re allowed to take a break from the holiday cheer. 

If, on the other hand, the holidays are depressing you because of the lack of holiday cheer due to the pandemic, then you can create your own. Decorate your home, wrap presents to send to friends and family, watch holiday movies, bake Christmas cookies, and arrange virtual holiday gatherings where you can play games or sing Christmas carols. 

Depression From the Pandemic

With the arrival of flu season, the pandemic has become worse. Since the arrival of colder weather, it is becoming harder and harder to safely participate in group activities. As a result, you may find yourself with too much downtime, which could lead to sulking in your depression. Try to be aware of when you are spiraling into a negative mental health space and decide to be constructive instead. Take this time to clean the house or make a scrapbook of your family vacations. Be creative and always have continuous ongoing projects to do when you feel down. Remember that the world won’t be like this forever.

Seasonal Depression

It’s that time of year where we spend most of the day in darkness and seasonal affective disorder affects many people. Understanding that the reason why you may be depressed could be because of the change in the weather will help you cope with your depression. Try to stay active by doing workout videos at home or bundle up and go for a walk outside. Try to enjoy special winter activities like drinking hot chocolate or cuddling in your favorite sweater. Communicate your feelings to your friends, family, and therapist and they will try to help you get through this time of year.

The holidays can be a stressful time of year and now it is even more stressful with COVID-19 on the rise. It’s important to keep yourself busy and stay active. Find small ways to celebrate the holidays or, if they are too stressful, you can choose not to celebrate them at all. Instead, indulge in your favorite movies or TV shows. If you are struggling with seasonal depression, try to stay active and find winter activities that you may enjoy. Alta Loma can help with your seasonal and general depression. If you need help, call (866) 457-3843.