Dr. Kiandra Hebert, PhD, MS, Licensed Psychologist
Four Rivers Behavioral Health
Meditation: Meditation has been shown to help reduce suicidal thoughts in people struggling with depression.
Get Moving! Going for a walk can help reduce depressive symptoms. Spend time outside during the daylight especially with the days getting shorter to help fight Seasonal Depression.
Eat more vegetables and drink water: You may be deficient in key nutrients that can bolster your mood. People tend to get overloaded with sweets and comfort food around the holidays which can have a big impact on your mood – and not in a good way!
Reduce alcohol consumption: Lay off the eggnog or football beers as drinking too much can worsen your overall mood.
Be social: Volunteer, go to a coffee shop or call an old friend. It’s important to be social even when you don’t feel like it.
Sleep: Get good rest, but don’t oversleep or lay around in bed.
Learn to say no:
The important thing about the holiday is spending time together not having the perfect gourmet meal. Set a time budget and stick to it.