Using Community to Reduce Depression

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Stress and depression levels rise during the holidays.  People that are involved with communities tend to reduce incidents of depression. The theme of the month is: creating Community is the Foundation of a Sweet Life.

During the holiday season, it is important to know and recognize the signs and symptoms of high stress levels so that you can ward off anxiety and depression. Stress and depression can make for a horrible holiday season. So take time to sit with yourself and be honest with your feelings. If you feel overwhelmed, acknowledge it. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one or relationship, give yourself permission to have sad or angry moments.

Don’t pretend to be happy if you are not. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, social networks or churches for support. It is amazing how compassionate and understanding your community can be if you share your emotions and feelings of grief and loss. Others may be dealing with the same thing and may appreciate the opportunity to share their own feelings as well.

If you are feeling really down, you might need to reach out to a health care professional to evaluate you for a more serious problem and support.

Try to maintain your normal schedule as much as possible. Your body likes routines so getting enough sleep, eating properly, exercising and relaxing can help you to stay balanced and not stressed during the holidays.

Enjoy your communities but don’t overindulge or push yourself too hard during the holidays. It can throw yourself off balance, and allow stress and frustration can set in. This can set the stage for anxiety and depression.

When you eat too many sugary sweet foods it can reduce your resilience and you can get sick more easily. It can also make you feel guilty and ashamed when you partake in too many junk foods, desserts or alcoholic drinks. Use your community as your support not food and drink!

Community can be an incredible ally when you are feeling overwhelmed. They can help you stay productive and supported.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae