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Post-holiday blues? Try these tips

If you are one of those, who suffer from depression after a long holiday, then these instructions could help.

health and fitness Updated: Dec 17, 2007 20:20 IST

Those suffering from depression after holidays should eat, drink and stay healthy, says an expert. Many people overeat and over-drink when they go on holidays. The hustle and bustle of the season could distract them.

Those suffering from the disorder may have a persistent sad or "empty" mood. They may get too little or too much sleep. They may witness weight loss or weight gain, reported Newswise wire.

They may also face loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed, restlessness, difficulty concentrating and fatigue. They may have thoughts of death or suicide. <b1>

The good news is that one can beat this condition.

Gary L. Malone, the medical director and chief of behavioural health at Baylor All Saints Medical Centre at Fort Worth, said people suffering from the disorder should eat, drink and stay healthy.

"Raid your pantry and toss any leftover holiday treats. Eating a balanced diet will give you more energy and will make you feel better," Malone said.

Cut back on caffeine if you're having trouble sleeping, and limit your alcohol intake. Excessive consumption contributes to depression, the scientist said.

"Do physical activity because it releases feel-good chemicals in your body that help make you happier. Plus, it will rid you of those extra pounds you gained during the holiday season".

"If the winter weather is keeping you from your regular fitness routine, take it inside. Walk the inside perimeter of a mall or join a gymnasium. Many offer New Year's specials".

"Share your feelings. Don't keep your frustrations bottled up. Confide in a trusted friend or family member. Often just talking about what's bothering you can be a big relief. Your confidant may be able to offer a realistic perspective on what you're going through," the scientist suggests.

"Know when to ask for help. If your post-holiday blues don't go away or if you experience physical symptoms of depression, talk with your doctor. Treatment is available and may include antidepressants and therapy," Malone said.