How to not be SAD

How to not be SAD
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December can be a joyous and festive time of year, but for many people, it can also be a time of stress and depression. The post-holiday season can bring about a lot of pressure, from financial stress to social obligations, and it can be challenging to enjoy the season entirely. Believe it or not, there is an actual name for this psychological phenomenon. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a kind of depression that appears and disappears with the seasons. SAD is often called "winter depression" since the symptoms are more noticeable and severe throughout the winter.

Some people with SAD may experience symptoms in the summer but feel better in the winter. If you are one of them and feeling down after the holiday season, here are some tips for getting over your post-December depression:

Practice self-care

It's important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and getting regular exercise. Take time to relax and do things you enjoy, whether it's reading, watching a movie, or taking a yoga class.

Stay connected

The holiday season can be lonely for many people, especially if you're away from family and friends. Make sure you stay connected with loved ones through phone calls, text messages, or social media.

Express gratitude

It can be easy to focus on the negative aspects of the holiday season, but try to focus on the things you're grateful for. Whether it's a kind gesture from a friend or a special moment with your family, take time to appreciate the good things in your life.

Set realistic expectations

The holiday season can bring a lot of pressure to have the perfect holiday, but it's important to remember that there's no such thing as a perfect holiday. Set realistic expectations for yourself and your loved ones, and don't put too much pressure on yourself to make everything perfect.

Seek professional help

If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist or counsellor can provide you with the tools and support you need to work through your feelings and improve your mental health.

Be kind to yourself

Remember that it's okay to not be okay, and be kind to yourself during this time. Give yourself permission to feel what you're feeling, and don't beat yourself up for not being in the holiday spirit.

Getting over post-December depression can be difficult, but with the right mindset and support, it's possible to move forward and start feeling better. Remember to take care of yourself, seek help if needed, and don't be afraid to reach out to loved ones for support.


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