For some, the holiday season may be a time of dealing with grief and loss, anxiety, and depression. Each person’s experience is different, and you may feel sadness before, during, or after the holiday season. Reaching out to family and friends can increase your sense of social connection and decrease feelings of loneliness. If you or someone you know is dealing with depression, please consider calling the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or The Crisis Line of Tampa at 211, or Tampa Jewish Family Services (813) 960-1848 for emotional support.

Here are some tips that can be helpful to consider. Reaching out and connecting with others can both make you feel supported and can also brighten your day.

  1. Consider changing family traditions and rituals to create realistic expectations. Get involved and
    participate in meals and activities to reduce feelings of being alone. You may find you enjoy
    being with others.
  2. Don’t hide your feelings. Share your feelings and thoughts with trusted family members and
  3. The holidays can be easier, ask others to help and don’t try to do it all yourself.
  4. Make sure to get enough sleep and relaxation.
  5. Eat healthy portions of food, and reduce your alcohol use.
  6. Find time to exercise. Exercise promotes better physical and mental health.
  7. Reach out to someone to increase feelings of social connection.