It's common for many people to feel anxious or depressed at this time of year. The “winter blues” are often short-term, but they can evolve into a more serious mental health concern if not addressed.
If you’re feeling a little down, here are some ways you can cope:
Stick with your healthy habits. It’s tempting to let go of healthy habits, especially during the holidays. Try to stick to your routines as much as possible.
Stay connected to others. Regularly reach out to trusted family or friends. This can help you cope with feelings of depression.
Set realistic expectations. Try not to commit yourself to more than you can handle, and don’t let a setback throw you off track. For instance, if you aren’t able to get together with friends or family for the holidays, try to schedule a visit at a different time that works better.
Take time for yourself. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s OK to say “no,” and take a few items off of your to-do list so you have more time to recharge.
Seek professional help if you need it. Speak with your doctor if:
- You have long-lasting feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness.
- Your feelings are affecting daily life.
- Your negative feelings get stronger.
- You are thinking about death or suicide.
Your doctor can recommend treatment that may include lifestyle changes, medication, counseling, or both.
Mental Health Resources
The New York State Office of Mental Health provides numerous online resources at www.omh.ny.gov to help you find mental health providers, and locate mental health programs in your area. If you need help making an appointment, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547).
In a mental health emergency, call 911, or go to the emergency room at your local hospital.