• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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The Holidays and Depression

There are surprising amounts of facts that connect the holiday season to “holiday depression,” a short period of depression resulting from causes such as stress, fatigue, financial worries, and the inability to be close to friends and family.  While studies have shown that the majority of sufferers tend to be the elderly and women, holiday depression can affect anyone, regardless of gender or age.  How can you help to prevent this among yourself, family, and friends?  Here are some tips:

  • Switch up the traditional holiday music with new, more modern renditions; such as those composed by an orchestra or electronica-style band
  • Take charge of the holiday “schedule.”  Make the list of things to do, places to go, and gifts to buy feasible and enjoyable.
  • Scale back on decorating, if appropriate.  Don’t labor over hanging outside lights or setting up elaborate displays if it causes increased stress.  A simple wreath will promote the holiday spirit without all of the toil.
  • Allow time for exercise and activity.  This releases endorphins into the body that can relieve feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression.
  • Connect negative comments with positive ones.  If a relative or acquaintance brings up a negative attribute of a friend or family member, give a positive attribute in response to keep the tone light and cheerful.
  • Avoid excessive drinking.  Although drinking the spirits of the holiday season may seem like a great way to forget issues and stresses, it can result in further depression and sadness.

If you or someone you know needs help with depression during the holiday season, visit the Mayo Clinic website at:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress/MH00030 and seek further help at the listed resources, if needed.

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