- A number of factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial
pressures, and too many commitments can cause stress at holiday time.
- Certain people may feel depressed around the winter holidays due toseasonal affective disorder (SAD), sometimes
referred to as seasonal depression.
- Headaches, excessive drinking, overeating, and insomnia are some of the possible consequences of
poorly managed holiday stress.
- Those suffering from any type of holiday depression or stress can benefit from increased
social support during this time of year. Counseling or support groups can also
- In addition to being an important step in preventing the symptoms of
seasonal affective disorder, regular exposure to light that is bright,
particularly fluorescent lights, significantly improves depression in people
with SAD during the fall and winter.
- Setting realistic goals and expectations, reaching out to friends, sharing
tasks with family members, finding inexpensive ways to enjoy yourself, and
helping others are all ways to help beat holiday stress.
Center’s crisis team at 330-264-9029 - or any of the Counseling Center office