Beating the holiday blues

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The lights, shopping, family and friends, the merry making of the holidays, may not be so bright for some of us.

Feeling anxious, irritable, and not sleeping? It’s time to find the time for yourself.

“Sometimes increasing exercise or making sure you get enough sleep, making sure you eat right, just those three basic things can significantly reduce how you are able to respond to and cope with stressful relations,” said Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon.

Dr. Delphin-Rittmon wears two hats. She’s Commissioner of the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and a clinical community psychologist. But this time of year she says can be too tough for people to manage.

“Around the holidays for some individuals, it’s feelings of loss, a loss of a family member or a significant relationship could bring up feelings of sadness or anxiety or depression for individuals.”

Sharing those feelings and thoughts with a family member or close friend, can make a difference.

“If they feel it’s something they need help with, they can call 211, 211 can link them to any services that might be appropriate for them statewide.”

Also, be sure to watch the amount of alcohol you’re consuming which can impair your overall well-being.

“It’s important to know your limits, and to have limited quantities of alcohol because it is a drug and can impact motor coordination.”

A prescription for a healthy and happy holiday season.

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