Enjoy the Holidays, But Keep Others in Mind

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The holidays are a time of family, gatherings, and great joy for many. But for others, this time of year can bring about feelings of sadness and isolation. These feelings may be because of a recent tragedy or a memory from long ago, or there may be ongoing family troubles.

There are many people across the country who feel depressed during late fall or early winter, and feel better when the sun returns in spring and summer. They may have low energy and trouble sleeping, possibly experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year, and can often be treated with light therapy or medications. Contact your physician or health professional for more information about SAD.

Whether it’s a particularly troubling season or it’s a recurring issue, people around you may be in pain. In this holiday season, take time out to think about others. You never know what they may be experiencing, and you can help bring joy to a difficult time in someone’s life!