‘Tis the season to be jolly. Or is it? If you’re singing the blues this December, you’re not alone. Two-thirds of women say they’re depressed during the holidays, according to a survey by the National Women’s Health Resource Center (NWHRC).
“This time of year is stressful at the least, and for many, downright depressing,” says Harold Levinson, M.D., a New York-based psychiatrist and neurologist.
How do you beat the holiday blues? Recognize the triggers and boost your mood with these 5 tried-and-true tips:
Mood Buster #1: Alcohol
Problem: Your schedule’s jam-packed with holiday gatherings where wine, champagne and eggnog will be flowing like water. A cocktail or two may fill you with holiday cheer, but they’ll also have you belting out post-party pity tunes. Why?
“Alcohol is actually a central nervous system depressant,” says Catherine Birndorf, M.D., founding director of the Payne Whitney Women’s Program at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
And you’ll pay the next day with a hangover. “You’re not as functional as usual, which can make you feel even worse,” Birndorf says.
Feel-Good Fix: Pace yourself, experts say. If you have three < Read more >