The holiday season is often described as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but when you’re struggling with depression it can feel like anything but. The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of year and can trigger various mental health issues and setbacks.
Luckily, there are many ways that you can keep your mental health intact and enjoy the holiday festivities at the same time. So, before you decide to skip spending time with your loved ones this Christmas, check out our tips to manage your depression and have some fun this season.
African family with adult children drinking champagne. (via Getty)
Don’t Isolate Yourself
This becomes the go-to response to those suffering from depression, but it’s not the answer. You may think that isolating yourself from everyone during the holidays is the most logical way to combat your depression, when actually it can make things worse.
You don’t have to be around people 24/7, but you should definitely take some time out during the holidays to socialize with those close to you. You’d be surprised how much better you feel when you step outside your comfort zone and let others into your world…even if only for a little while.