How to Ease Anxiety and Depression
The holidays alone can bring in unnecessary stress and anxiety. Add in the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing restrictions in the country, it’s not too hard to see how this year’s holiday season can heighten feelings of depression and anxiety.
With some practical tips, you can ease your anxiety and depression and may even find the holidays enjoyable:
Recognize and accept your feelings
If someone you love passed away or succumbed to sickness, it’s okay to feel sad and grieve about it. Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you have to be always happy and spirits high. Sometimes, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to acknowledge what we’re feeling and allow ourselves to express them.
The restrictions imposed in your state may make you feel lonely or isolated. If you’re feeling this way, don’t hesitate to reach out to family or friends.
We are fortunate to be living in a digital world where we can still communicate with our loved ones, no matter where they are. You can text, chat, or video calls them.
There are also websites and organizations that offer online support and companionship.
Have a plan
The hustle and the bustle of the holidays is one of the biggest sources of stress during this season. You can ease your stress by creating a plan.
Set a plan when to do the shopping, the cooking, and connecting with loved ones. And if money has been a stressor in the past, a budget plan can help as well.
Start good, healthy habits
Whether it’s stress or just the festivity of the season, some of us tend to overeat, sleep late, and/or slack in our physical activity. The results of these habits can be an added stressor for months to come.
Stick to your healthy habits or establish new ones. Eat healthy even in gatherings (you can enjoy a treat or two but try not to overindulge), get enough sleep, and keep moving.
Find time for yourself
When things start to feel overwhelming, find time for yourself to regroup. A walk outside, soothing music, or a well-spent time on a hobby can make a whole lot of difference.
Seek professional help (if needed)
If despite your best efforts to do these, you still find yourself with growing anxiety or with other symptoms (e.g. difficulty falling or staying asleep, feeling hopeless, unable to do daily routines or self-harm thoughts), don’t hesitate to seek professional help. There’s nothing wrong with reaching out to a mental health professional. Sometimes, that’s what we need to help us process our thoughts and emotions.