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When it comes to treating depression there many different options; what works for one person might not work for another. This means it is up to the individual to decide what treatment is the best for them. Here are some simple, easy ways to begin dealing with the symptoms of post-holiday depression:

1. Say goodbye. Bid adieu to relatives and enjoy some alone time away from the family. Not that there's anything wrong with Grandpa's snoring or seven nephews underfoot, but it's always nice to have some peace and quiet after a chaotic family visit. Try lighting candles and soaking in a bubble bath for an hour. You'll feel like a new person afterwards, guaranteed!

2. Clean up. Whip your house back into pre-holiday shape by tossing wrapping-paper scraps, packing up ornaments and stockings, turning over guest rooms, and giving your home a thorough cleaning. Note that now's the time to cash in any chore coupons from the family to get extra help!

3. Exercise! Get some fresh air with a friend. A clear head and a rush of endorphins may be just the trick to restore your optimistic energy and zest for life. Plus, you'll feel better instantly knowing you're working off some of those rum cookies and chocolate truffles you've been snacking on all season.

4. Get a pedicure. Enjoy an hour of uninterrupted bliss as your tired feet get rubbed, scrubbed, and paid serious attention to. After all, you deserve to kick your feet up (and refresh your polish!) after all the hosting you've been doing and errands you've been running.

5. Shop for yourself. Gather together all the cash, checks, and gift cards you received this year and treat yourself to an afternoon of guilt-free retail therapy. Consider purchasing a nice photo frame and printing out a picture of your family on Christmas morning. Display the photo in your home to remind you of the good times had by all.

6. Indulge in a peppermint mocha before it's gone! Sit in a cafe, relax, and sip a rich holiday drink before it goes off the menu for the rest of the year. Bring a book along and get away from it all for awhile.

7. Serve others who are less fortunate. Giving back and contributing to those in need always makes us feel better. If you're a huge animal fan, consider volunteering to walk dogs at a local animal shelter. If you're more of a "people person," talk to your local soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or Salvation Army about donating a little time to talk to and assist those less fortunate.

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As part of Student Success in Student & Enrollment Services, the Education and Promotion service provides current information and resources on many different aspects of health and promotes awareness of healthy behaviors and attitudes that can positively affect your health.

Student Health 101!

Did you know we have an online magazine specifically designed to give you information about how to stay healthy, happy and stress-free? Check out Student Health 101 to get tips on everything from birth control to eating right! This is where you will find updated office hours for the Student Health and Wellness office, as well as Flu Clinic hours and locations for October and November! Plus, enter once a month to win $1000!!


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Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

Every year the holiday season brings joy and excitement into the lives of people across the globe. But the holidays can also be a time of increased stress, poor eating habits, excessive spending, and altered sleeping patterns. All of this can result in heightened levels of anxiety and depression if not handled properly.

Many people find that the time directly after the Holiday season (Thanksgiving through New Year's Day), is the hardest time of the year to cope with this depression. It is so common that there is actually a medical term for the symptoms. Post-Holiday Depression, or PHD, is caused by the adrenaline and endorphins in your body that have built up during the stressful holiday season suddenly crashing back down to normal levels. This causes a strong feeling of sadness and an inability to cope with returning to your normal living, working, and socializing patterns.

PHD is not the only cause of the sad feeling that generally follows the holidays. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a depression that is caused by a severe lack of sunshine. During the spring, summer and early fall, our bodies absorb vital nutrients and vitamins that are produced when the sun hits our skin. Vitamin D is the most commonly deficient nutrient during the winter months. This can cause feelings of depression that last until the vitamin levels rise again in the early spring.

Whether it is the lack of sunshine or the decreased adrenaline that causes your post-holiday blues, there are certain signs to watch out for in order to more easily treat and cure the depression that results.

Signs include:

Treatment comes in many different forms and it is up to you to talk to your doctor, psychologist or family members to decide which treatment method is right for you. Treatment can be as simple as getting more exercise or as serious as intensive counseling and medication.

To find out if you have depression or for more information on how to identify and treat symptoms of depression check out the links below:

Dealing with depression:


Huffington Post - Dealing with Depression

Thoughts of suicide:




Helping a friend: