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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Have the Winter or Holiday Blues? Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

During the holiday season it can be a hard time of year for many. For those with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression, the decrease in natural sunlight can negatively impact their mood. People with other forms of depression may also find the winter months difficult. And older adults and others who are far from their families may feel lonely or isolated. Find tips to help people with depression or anxiety and seniors and their caregivers handle holiday depression. Please read this article to learn more.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers tips about taking care of yourself when you have a mental illness, including eating healthy meals and getting plenty of exercise. Having a support system of friends and family members can also help ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Learn how to talk with a loved one if you believe they might be depressed. Take a free, confidential mental health screening online or find a depression screening program near you.

To find mental health treatment options in your area, use the Mental Health Treatment Locator

If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis and need to talk to someone right away, 
please call 1-844-493-TALK (8255).

# originally published 12/23/2015, at time of repost all links up to date.

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