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We are at the beginning of the holiday season and that means spending time with family and friends at events and parties. For some people the holiday season is a reminder of the loneliness, anxiety and sadness. These symptoms can lead to depression, which an estimated 33 to 35 million U.S. adults are likely to experience at some point in their lives. The disease effects men and women of all ages, races and economic levels. However, women are at a significantly greater risk than men to develop major depression.

Many women say that not attending parties, decorating, shopping or giving presents due to their depression. They also report that drinking too much and said stress and anxiety – not family, gifts or holiday cheer — were the first terms that came to mind when thinking about the holiday season according to the website depression-guide.com

The site featured a survey that “shows that there are many women who unnecessarily suffer from depression during the holidays,” says Amy Niles, president of the NWHRC.”

The good news is that there are things you can do to help prevent feeling this way:

  1. Careful Planning: Trying to be super mom especially when doing things at the last minute is sure to drive anyone to drink. So learn to say ‘No’ when necessary, plan days and events accordingly also learning the art of delegating responsibilities will be extremely helpful.
  2. Regular Exercise: Exercise releases endorphins which can naturally make an individual feel better.
  3. Volunteering: When we help others it can take the focus of off our own lives and it gives a greater sense of purpose.
  4. Seek Help: Support from loved ones and treatment by a health-care professional can help individuals overcome depression and enjoy the holidays.

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