Health Dept. Offers Tips For Dealing With Seasonal Depression

Saturday, November 29th 2014, 6:38 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma City County Health Department (OCCHD) released advice for people dealing with unwelcome guests this holiday season: depression and stress.

Health experts said many people are overwhelmed with demands and expectations this time of year. Signs of seasonal depression include being sad for no apparent reason, withdrawing from family and friends and abusing alcohol and drugs, according to the OCCHD.

The OCCHD released the following tips for conquering the issue:

  • Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved ones, realize it's normal to be sad.
  • Reach Out: Seek out community, religious or other social events. Volunteering is a great way to lift your spirits.
  • Be Realistic: The holidays don't have to be perfect. Set aside grievances.
  • Stick To A Budget: Decide before you shop, how much you can afford to spend.
  • Plan Ahead: Set aside specific days for shopping, baking and visiting friends.
  • Learn To Say No: Friends will understand that you can't participate in every activity.
  • Don't Abandon Healthy Habits: Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.
  • Take A Breather: 15 minutes of alone time may refresh you.
  • Seek Professional Help: Talk To Your Doctor or Mental Health Professional if persistently sad or anxious.

No matter what problems you are dealing with, the OCCHD urged people to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).