Holiday Blues: How To Help Your Loved Ones

    Two women cooking in their kitchenCooking, family obligations, parties, entertaining, cleaning, money issues…the holiday season can be extremely overwhelming – and can lead to stress, as well as other types of mental and emotional difficulty.

    How can you tell if a loved one is suffering?

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    Here are some of the top symptoms of the holiday blues:

    • Headaches
    • Excessive drinking
    • Overeating
    • Insomnia
    • Stress
    • Fatigue
    • Unrealistic expectations
    • Financial stress
    • Inability to be/communicate with family and friends

    Next Steps: What To Do Next…

    If a loved one, including yourself, are showing any of the above signs, there are certain steps you can take to make sure they start feeling better:

    Step 1: Talk to your loved one. Communicate your concerns. Let them know what you’ve noticed and why you’re concerned. Explain that depression is a medical condition, not a personal flaw or weakness — and that it usually gets better with treatment.

    Step 2: Suggest that the person see a professional. Ideal people to talk to include a medical doctor or a mental health provider, such as a licensed counselor or psychologist. Offer to help prepare a list of questions for the person to discuss in an initial appointment with a doctor or mental health provider.

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