Depression During the Holidays
Kids today prefer playing video games or watching television to reading a book. While these things are fine, encouraging children to read is still an important talent that should be encouraged. Reading is one of the most essential skills you can do at any age. It helps your mental faculties stay sharp, improves your public speaking abilities, and has the ability to help reduce tension. Here are some of the reasons why reading is so vital – especially as you get older.
Loss is tough at any time, but the holiday season can make it feel impossible to move on. Grief can strike during what’s supposed to be a happy time of year, making everything feel more difficult. Depression is common among those grieving and feeling extra stress from the holidays. It’s vital for older adults experiencing grief to ask for help when they need it most. With support, they can direct their focus back towards enjoying the holidays once again despite loss.
The holidays can be a very difficult time for seniors. With large gatherings and complex plans, it’s not surprising if they feel isolated and confused. If you spot somebody sitting by themselves during this joyful season, take a quick moment to ask how you could help them participate more. A little extra consideration on your part can go a long wayin ensuring that everyone has a fun and memorable holiday experience.
The lack of companionship during such an isolating time can worsen their condition and cause holiday depression.
Signs of Depression
Depression does not discriminate against anyone, and it is an illness that often goes undiagnosed. If you identify with any of the symptoms below, please reach for help because many people out there are more than willing to support you during your difficult time.
Check out these most common signs of depression:
• Persistent sadness or empty mood
• Loss of interest in hobbies or activities
• Withdrawal from friends and family
• Loss of energy or increased fatigue
• Changes in appetite or weight
• Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
• Restlessness or irritability
• Memory problems
• Lack of motivation
What Can You Do?
Many people suffering from depression are able to lead happier lives with treatment and a strong support system. Though it can be challenging, depression often improves when you socialize with close friends or family – even if leaving the house is the last thing you want to do. Taking care of yourself is also crucial. Exercising, eating healthy foods, and getting enough sleep can help ease the symptoms of depression and make you feel better overall.
How Avanti Senior Living at Vision Park Helps Residents During the Holidays
For many people, the holidays are a time for family, friends, and traditions. But for seniors living in assisted living communities, the holiday season can be a time of isolation and loneliness. At Avanti Senior Living at Vision Park, we work hard to make sure our residents feel connected and loved during the holidays. We love going above and beyond to make our community festive for the holidays! We also know how important it is for residents to feel connected and engaged, so we host events and activities like crafting sessions and holiday gatherings. By creating a warm atmosphere, we help our residents enjoy the holidays even while they’re away from home.