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Avoid the Post-Holiday Blues: Patients with Depression

As the holidays end many people can look back on the fun memories with their family and friends. But, there is also a handful of patients who are about to experience a profound sense of loneliness, sadness, and depression due to loss of time with relatives and friends, relationship problems, and more. For patients who already deal with depression and anxiety, the post-holidays blues can increase their feelings and cause them to need a little more assistance and direction on how to cope with the post-holiday season. Here are a few ways to help your patients stay on track after the holidays.

Socialize

As loneliness creeps in it’s important to keep the patient’s mind off of being alone. Instead, encourage your patients to set up a social calendar. Have them look at the month ahead and decide which days they are available, which days they think they might feel the loneliest post-holidays and encourage them to set up socializing events on those days. Holidays are often spent with distant family members, so encouraging patients to do something with those relatives or other friends can help them to build those relationships throughout the rest of the year.

Exercise

Patients who experience depression are often told they should try exercising because of its ability to make them feel happier and also healthier. For post-holidays, this is no exception. Regardless of holiday festivities, many people experience weight gain and an increase in poor food choices around the winter months. Encouraging your patients to incorporate exercise into their routine and set attainable goals after the holidays can help them stay positive and may also spark an interest in exercise for those who don’t always do so.

Plan

Another key element in helping patients with depression tackle the post-holiday blues is to plan ahead. They should have a plan of action for when major emotional downfalls happen and how they are going to deal with them. If they are social people, encourage them to reach out to their friends or extended family to see if they can do something or even start a weekly tradition to be proactive before the emotional downfall. If patients can plan ahead or set up a routine, they may be able to keep their post-holiday blues at bay.

Be Realistic

Lastly, being realistic. Nothing can go perfectly, and a patient with depression can understand that best. Reminding your patient that no matter how much they plan, exercise, socialize or whatever they choose to do, their feelings of loneliness or sadness after the holidays can always creep in, and they are not alone. It’s just the matter of how to deal with it. Providing your patients with direction on how to handle those feeling within the moment can alter their ability to put their feelings into perspective.

Along with these few tips on how to help your patients avoid the post-holiday blues, medication, supplements, and more can help them keep swinging moods in check. InterHealth’s ingredient Relora® can help your patients improve their mood throughout the holidays. Visit our website for more information about Relora® or other product ingredients.

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