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The holidays can be a difficult time for those who have experienced depression and loss. The joyous season of celebration and gratitude stands in stark contrast to the feelings of sadness and hopelessness that can accompany depression. It can be hard to feel festive when you're struggling emotionally. Depression whether mild of severe, is a mental health condition and millions of people suffer in silence.
Unfortunately, depression and loss can lead to suicidal thoughts, at an increased rate during the holidays. The stress of the season, combined with the feelings of loneliness, can be too much for some people to handle. It's important to recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts and get help if needed. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Fortunately, there are ways to manage depression and loss during the holidays. Here are a few tips for coping:
Reach out to loved ones. Talking to friends and family can help to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Make time for self-care. Take time to do things that make you feel relaxed and happy.
Find ways to connect with others. Participate in holiday events or activities, even if its just for a few minutes.
Stay active. Exercise can help to reduce stress and improve mood.
Seek professional help. If you're feeling overwhelmed, consider talking to a mental health professional for additional support.
No one should have to suffer through depression and loss alone. If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out for help. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7 to provide support and resources.
The holidays are not always happy. KEEP SMILING you are not alone and you are loved.