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Doctors suggest volunteering to combat holiday depression

Doctors suggest volunteering to combat holiday depression
Doctors suggest volunteering to combat holiday depression
Posted at 5:50 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 13:43:50-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The holidays are a time of happiness and joy for most people, but for those who suffer from mental illness, the holidays can be a tough time.

Mental illness could cause those suffering to experience sadness due to many factors, including the weather, being away from your family, and the normal stresses of the holiday. The best thing to do is to try and keep your normal routine.

Dr. Saxena suggests keeping your mind busy during the holidays if you can through activities. One activity that can help turn your mood around is volunteering.

"Giving back is really a good way to kinda turn your own vibes around," said Saxena. "If you're not feeling that great, there's nothing like volunteering at a soup kitchen or local boys and girls club.It's unbelievable how positive you are going to feel if you help other people.

Dr. Saxena suggests if these things don't work and the problems continue, to call your doctor.