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Dealing with Holiday Stress and Depression
- Acknowledge your feelings. Don’t pretend that the stress and depression don’t exist, it will only make things worse.
- Reach out. Seek out someone to talk to whether it is a friend or family member, pastor or counselor or even a close colleague.
- Don’t isolate. If you’re feeling left out, get out of the house and find something to do, even if it is as simple as taking a drive to look at some Christmas lights.
- Plan a rest day. All of the running can wear out your mind and body. Give yourself a day to just relax once the holidays are over.
A good, healthy diet can go a long way in helping fight depression. Your primary care provider can help you establish a good diet plan to make it through the holidays or to get back on track in the New Year. If you don’t already have a primary care provider and would like to establish care, please call (859) 258-4362 or visit LexingtonClinic.com.
Cammual Suttor, MD is board-certified in Internal Medicine. He provides services in general internal medicine and preventive medicine. Dr. Suttor’s professional interests include DOT and CDL physicals, pre-employment physicals and industrial medicine.