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Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center Offers Holiday Depression Coping Techniques


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 be perfect.
  • 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 1-800-300-0628.

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 diagnosed.

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