TOMS RIVER, NJ (November 30, 2015) – Holiday shopping, decorating the house, baking
cookies, visiting family and friends – during the holiday season,
to-do lists often seem endless. While the hustle and bustle can be joyful,
the additional activities that are a part of the most wonderful time of
the year can be overwhelming, leading to feelings of stress and sadness.
With the added economic pressures during this time of year, there may
be many more individuals feeling sad and depressed this holiday season.
There are many factors that may contribute to holiday depression including
fatigue, stress, unrealistic expectations, financial issues, relationship
issues and loneliness.
In an effort to help those feeling saddened or depressed this holiday season,
Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center offers the following coping mechanisms:
Acknowledge Your Feelings. It’s normal to cry every now and then. Everyone experiences feelings
of sadness or grief. Expressing your feelings will help you to work through them.
Set realistic goals and expectations. Be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot accomplish. Ask others
for help if you need to and understand that everything does not need to
Create a budget. Take some time to figure out how much money you can spend, and stick to it.
Make a To Do list and prioritize it. Write down the list of things you need to accomplish according to which
are most important. This will help you to feel more in control of all
that you need to accomplish, and can keep you on the right track.
Be realistic. There are only so many hours in a day, and only so many things that are
within your control.
Make time for yourself. Take a break. Do something relaxing; go for a walk; sit in a quiet place
for 15 minutes or so. This will help lower your stress and clear your mind.
Seek professional help if necessary. If you feel as though you have lost control over your emotions and are
feeling strong, overwhelming feelings of sadness or depression, you should
seek immediate medical help.
Understanding what can trigger stress and anxiety and taking steps to manage
them, can help you to enjoy the holiday season, and not be overwhelmed by it.
To help deal with the stressors of the holidays, mental health professionals
from Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center will offer a variety of
free, confidential mental health screenings on Wednesday, December 16,
from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center,
located at 1691 U.S. Highway 9 in Toms River.
For more information about the
Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center or if you need help coping with holiday stress or depression, please call
the 24-hour Access Line at
About Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
The Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center offers an extensive array
of high-quality, clinically-focused programs. These programs include a
100-bed acute care psychiatric facility which provides inpatient and intensive
outpatient programs for adults and older adults diagnosed with psychiatric
and dual disorders. At the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, the
multidisciplinary staff includes experienced professionals in nearly every
facet of behavioral health care. This allows the provision of truly customized
and highly specialized treatment tracks, as well as programs for the dually
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