[Medford, NJ] – [November 19, 2015] – With silver bells, bright lights and the anticipation of brighter days ahead, it’s sometimes hard to realize that the holidays, for many, bring on feelings of sadness and even depression.
“Feelings of loneliness among people who have lost a loved one, or those who are coping with a chronic health condition are just a couple of the reasons seniors are at a higher risk for depression,” says Brett Summerville of APFC Home Care. “Unfortunately, the holidays can often exacerbate these feelings because the loss is felt more acutely during a time of year when everyone else seems so happy.”
To help combat holiday depression, APFC Home Care is offering these tips for seniors and anyone feeling depressed.
- Adjust your expectations
Recognize that this holiday doesn’t have to be like ones in the past. Honor those traditions you can and be open to creating new ones. For example, if you can’t be with your loved ones in person, find new ways to celebrate together, such as Skyping, sending videos and emailing.
- Acknowledge your feelings
If you’ve recently lost a spouse or other loved one, recognize that feelings of sadness and grief are normal and appropriate. Don’t force yourself to be happy simply because you think it’s expected.
- Reach out to someone
If you’re feeling isolated and lonely, seek out friends and family. If they aren’t available, find out what community, religious or other social events are happening where you live. Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people and lift your spirits.
- Take care of yourself
Don’t abandon exercise routines, eating well, a good night’s sleep, and finding time for friends and family. Maintain your healthy habits. This will help stave off depression.
“By making some adjustments and seeking help if you need it, the holidays can still be a time of renewal and joy,” says Summerville. “That is our hope for all of us this season.”