Here Are A Few Ways To Deal With Seasonal Affective Disorder AKA Holiday Blues
Dealing with seasonal depression is no easy task. As a therapist, I talk to my clients about using their coping skills and emotional supports during this time of the year. Many of them feel like they do not have anyone and minimize the fact that their friends love them like family and will support them through a difficult time. This is something I can definitely relate to. The holidays are a rough time for me too (Yes, the therapist gets sad too.) I have my mother, aunts, and cousins but I miss my father and one of my favorite uncles terribly. This time of the year is one of the times that it gets really hard. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas I would keep that pain to myself and not reach out to my friends or anybody. I recently have become more open to help and reach out to my best friends when the holiday blues lead to me missing them. I had to dismiss those thoughts of me being a burden and look to my friends for support. It helped to know that they empathize and are willing to lend me their shoulder to cry on as long as I need it for. If you’re hurting, lean on your friendships. That’s what they are there for.