There are ways to overcome cloudy, gloomy days.
“The wintertime and holidays can be difficult for many people suffering from depression or grieving the loss of a loved one,” said Kelly Gillooly, MEd, LCADC, director of behavioral health outreach at Our Lady of Peace (OLOP), part of KentuckyOne Health. “For those who struggle with depression during the holiday months, it’s important to not dwell on what the holidays are supposed to be like or how you’re supposed to feel.”
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- Accept help from others — whether it’s with cooking, shopping or decorating.
- Avoid alcohol and other substances used to self-medicate.
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to have the perfect holiday.
- Find someone you can turn to when you’re feeling stressed.
- Get some exercise. Physical activity can help relieve depression.
- Give yourself permission to grieve if you’re struggling with the loss of a loved one.
“If you’re feeling down or overwhelmed, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. Everyone needs support from time to time in their lives,” Gillooly said.
Need help finding peace and hope during the holidays or colder months?
Please do not hesitate to call — day or night — Our Lady of Peace’s Assessment and Referral Center. Our Lady of Peace is open 24/7 and offers assessments at no charge.
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of One Health Magazine. Want more behavioral health information like this? Subscribe to One Health Magazine to hear from experts.