The holidays can bring out the best and worst in us. Instead of joy and peace, some people experience depression.
People who are depressed may feel sad, hopeless, or uninterested in daily activities like taking care of your family or going to work or school. This may be particularly difficult to navigate during the holidays when we stretch ourselves too thin with commitments.
Catholic Charities Counselor Toni Durda advises that exercise is a great way to combat depression. “If the weather permits, go walking and even enjoy the Christmas lights,” Durda says.
“Most importantly remember this is a season of love and forgiveness, so the greatest gift you can give is to be gentle with yourself,” Durda points out. “Love and forgive your shortcomings.”
Remember that depression is treatable. If you or someone you love is depressed, contact Catholic Charities and schedule an appointment with one of their counselors. Catholic Charities has a counseling office in North Central Phoenix at 1825 W. Northern Ave. Rates are offered on a sliding scale based on income. For more information, call 602-749-4405.