It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But let’s be honest — it never is, because every year we set ourselves up for unrealistic expectations.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known sometimes as the “Holiday Blues,” is a very real part of what some of us experience during this season. Recognize some of the signs and symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder and learn how to take care of yourself this holiday season:
• Feeling depressed most of the day
• Losing interest in activities
• Feeling sluggish or agitated
• Difficulty concentrating
• Oversleeping (hypersomnia)
Make this holiday season unlike those in the past: Promise to do things differently and commit to checking in with yourself and your loved ones. Commit to stop comparing yourself to others or holding yourself to expectations of the perfect everything.
During this holiday season, focus on taking care of yourself. Your mental health depends on it.
• Talk about your feelings.
• Stay active.
• Eat well.
• Keep in touch.
• Ask for help.
• Take a break.
• Do something you enjoy.
• Skip the perfectionism.
If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, it may be an excellent time for a mental health screening. Mental Health America of Greater Dallas offers access to a free screening tool to help you identify whether it is time to seek help. Visit www.MHADallas.org/help to take advantage of free, confidential screening tools today!