Advice on how combat holiday depression

(KUSI) – A new survey by the American Psychological Association uncovered some interest data about the holiday blues.

While the majority of people in the survey reported feelings of happiness, it is often accompanied by feelings of fatigue, stress, irritability, bloating, and sadness.

Thirty-eight percent of people surveyed said their stress level increased during the holiday season.

Another poll of more than 1,000 adults by the Principal Financial Group, a global investment company, found that 53 percent of people experience financial stress due to holiday spending, despite the fact more than half set budgets for their holiday spending.

“Loneliness, demands, family, stress, focus on material goods, & unrealistic expectations, are some of the most reasons for this,” says San Diego’s, Dr. Lisa Petronis, MA, LMFT, PhD.

Dr. Petronis suggests people “Slow down & think about what really matters during the holidays”, says Dr. Petronis. “Keep up with self-care, that’s very important. Also, prayer & medication help & positive thinking.”

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