Some great tips from the wonderful Depression Alliance in Scotland.
'Tis the Season to be Jolly?
Turn on the television or the radio or look in shop windows and everywhere there are images of happy families having a great Christmas time. Even for those of us who don't celebrate Christmas, it's impossible to ignore.
But money or health worries, family tensions, loneliness or isolation don't simply vanish when the holidays are near. In fact, these stresses can be worse at this time of year. And, for the 1 in 5 of us who will cope with Depression at some point in our life, the pressure to be festive can make Christmas an especially difficult time.
Some of the following ideas may help you plan for, and cope with, the holiday season.
1. Talk about how you feel
Sharing your feelings with others and being listened to can make you feel better. You may also find that, despite the way Christmas is portrayed on the high street and in the media, others feel the same as you. If you aren't able to tell to...
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The list is endless.
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I believe therapy helps with the cause of the problem, but organisations like...