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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
The holiday season can be a time of joy and celebration, but for many it’s a time of isolation, stress, and loneliness. With the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s holiday season will look different than it ever has. Many people won’t be able to gather together or travel to see their friends, and this could lead to the feelings of isolation that the holidays already bring for some.
Here are some tips from Mayo Clinic to help you deal with the stress and depression that the holidays can sometimes bring:

  • It’s helpful to acknowledge the aspects of the holidays that make you feel stress or depression. Maybe it’s the financial burden of buying gifts or hosting parties; maybe it’s spending time with family members; maybe it’s not having anyone to spend the holidays with. Once you’ve acknowledged those factors in your life, you can then take action to help mitigate the stress they may cause you. 
  • If something stresses you out or makes you feel depressed, say no! You don’t have to host that big holiday dinner, and you don’t have to have to go to every holiday party. You also don’t have to spend time with family that makes you feel bad about yourself.
  • Healthy lifestyle habits like exercise, healthy eating, and a good night’s rest can all go a long way to help you feel better. Meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises can all help you to deal with the stress of the holidays.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to seek professional help if you need it. Therapy can be a healthy and helpful outlet to help you deal with the stress of the holidays. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are here to help, this holiday season and year round.