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The winter holiday season is generally a fun time of year filled with celebrations and social gatherings with family and friends. But for many people, it is a time filled with sadness and loneliness.
Sadness is a truly personal feeling. What makes one person feel sad may not affect another person. Sometimes we feel sad around the holidays because we are tired or because our holidays are not living up to how we pictured them in our minds or because we cannot be with our family and friends.
If you find yourself feeling sad or lonely during this time of year, the following tips may help.
- Take care of yourself. Whether you exercise, get a massage, curl up with a good book, enjoy a hobby or learn something new, take time for yourself. Limit alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity. Keep your routine.
- Get connected. Reaching out to people can help you feel more connected. Say hello to neighbors, exchange friendly words with people at the office or call an old friend.
- Give to others. Donate your time to help those less fortunate. You’ll be wrapped up in the true spirit of the holiday season.
- Examine your feelings. You may want to explore what’s behind your feelings of sadness or loneliness, either on your own or with the help of a therapist. If these feelings last for a while and you also have aches and pains, are unable to sleep, feel irritable and hopeless and are unable to face routine chores, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.
Learn about how you can recognize the signs of depression here.
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