Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression; it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Depression can tend to increase during the holidays because of all the extra demands that it brings. Here are some tips for avoiding holiday depression triggers.

Plan Ahead – Spend some time figuring out how to take care of yourself during this time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the holiday to-dos. Schedule some time in between all your to-do’s for napping or doing something that makes you happy.

Avoid Family Conflict – During the holidays you might be around family that can trigger you. Remember, put yourself in the best situation for yourself. If you have to be around them, excusing yourself from the room or asking them to change the subject is okay. Be sure to also surround yourself with family that can listen to you and provide you a sympathetic ear.

Get Enough Sleep – When you don’t get enough sleep, your depression symptoms will become worse. If you do get enough, then it’s the positive opposite. Make sure you are getting enough sleep during this time. All your other tasks can wait.

Eat Right & Move – Eating the right stuff can also do you so much good that you should really be conscious about your nutrient intake. Eating small, well-balanced meals throughout the day will keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.

Get Help – We hope to be a part of that support network. At Unger Primary Care Medical Center, you’ll enjoy more than a physician who is a specialist in chronic disease states like depression. You can rely on Dr. Unger to take a comprehensive approach to your depression treatment. No one factor influences your depression, and so we will not limit ourselves to a single solution. Our concierge medicine allows us to offer care that can be there for you however and whenever you need. We will use the full of it to help you combat your depression. Have us give you a call today.

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