7 Ways to Ease Holiday Depression


Yesterday I published last year’s holiday blues piece. Here is this year’s … 


For highly-sensitive folks and people predisposed to sadness, the holidays create a perfect storm for depression. There’s the added stress of holiday shopping, decorating, and parties — not to mention dealing with strained family relations; snowball and gingerbread cookies seem to stalk you; and a sense of forced merriment has a way of making you feel like a total loser if you change the radio station when “Jingle Bells” comes on. According to research posted by the American Psychological Association, two-thirds of people said they felt stressed and fatigued during the holidays. Half said they felt irritable, and one-third felt sad. So even though you may feel like the only one struggling this time of year — especially after opening all of your holiday cards — you’re hardly alone.

Every year, I write one of these pieces on how to get through the holidays. And every year my advice changes, because I’m always in a different place where I need new tools.

Here’s this year’s list of ideas on how to maintain your sanity during the “most wonderful time of the year.”

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Therese Borchard
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  1. Appreciative reader

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all of your knowledge, information and your wisdom. You are full of knowledge and the world is so lucky to have somebody like you advocating for such an important topic which touches so many lives more then it doesn’t I believe. For me your writings reminds us that we are not alone, that others feel similar ways to us, that lots of people experience low points aswell as highs. So many people put on an act that they have a perfect life. But the truth is no one has a perfect life and everything you write is so honest, transperant and genuine, you are a realist and it’s refreshing to read your blogs. I have been reading your blogs for quite a while and I just wanted to say thank you for doing what you do. You really touch so many lives.
    Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2016.
    Kind Regards

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