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Article-How to Deal With Depression on New Year's Eve
« on: December 31, 2008, 09:23:40 AM »
How to Deal With Depression on New Year's Eve
By Civita Dyer, eHow Editor

For most people New Year's Eve is an exciting time. New Year’s Eve is a time to get together with family and friends and usher in the New Year. It can be a time to look forward to what the New Year will bring to us, and a time to reflect on the year that is passing. But for some, it can be a trigger for overwhelming stress and depression. When suffering from depression, the New Year and New Year's Eve can be frightening and very un-enjoyable. There are small steps that you can take to help make the New Year less of a frightening time and one that you might actually be able to enjoy.

Step 1
Realize there is an issue. Trying to ignore the growing stress and depression you feel during New Years will not make it go away. It is important to be aware of how you are feeling in order to improve the situation. Admit to yourself that things are most likely not going to go the way that you are planning them and then attempt to prepare yourself to deal with the situation.

Step 2
Take note of past experiences. If holidays like New Years have brought about additional feelings of depression in past years, don't just convince yourself that this year it won't happen. Odds are that it will happen and being ready to cope with those feelings can mean a huge difference in how you handle the situation. Learn from your past experiences and use them to grow and cope with
your depression.

Step 3
Do not attempt to handle it alone. Most individuals feel more stress and depression when alone. Make New Year's plans with friends or family. If you live away from those that you would normally spend holidays with, look for support groups or even religious groups in your community. Several organized groups offer companionship and support during holidays. You might also try volunteering for a specific function or gathering in your community. Being with people and
keeping busy can help fight depression.

Step 4
Be aware what pushes your depression buttons. Most people admit to feeling overly stressed and depressed when dealing with 3 main issues. These issues are finances, relationships, and physical and mental demands, especially at the holidays. These issues can at times be hard to deal with during normal situations, let alone during the holidays. Try taking a breather from these stressful situations and working to eliminate the stress they bring you. If you can determine which factors cause you the most depression and stress during the holidays and on New Year's Eve, then you can work on ways of helping you cope with the situation.

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