Christmas can be a difficult time if you're dealing with depression so here are some tips on how to cope during the festive season.
Planning is key when it comes to Christmas so make solid plans for yourself for Christmas break.
This will allow you to mentally prepare yourself for things beforehand and give you time to reset afterwards.
Avoid the stress of last-minute shopping by writing yourself a list of the people you need to buy gifts for and what you are going to get them or what shop you will buy them a gift in.
Also, if you're worried about money give yourself a budget and research the gifts you need to buy before heading into town so you can avoid overspending.
Have a 'reset routine'
Christmas can be draining, especially when you're dealing with depression and your energy levels are already low.
Think of a few things you can do during your free time over Christmas that will help you relax, unwind and recharge.
It could be anything, reading a book, having a nap, listening to music, watching something on Netflix whatever makes you feel good and rested.
Go for walks
Many of us will spend a lot of time cooped up at home over Christmas just lounging around which can actually make you feel worse if you have depression.
Try to get some fresh air and go for at least one short walk a day, as everyone knows fresh air and exercise is great for your mental health.
It's also a good way to get some alone time if you find being around family or friends particularly draining or difficult.
Look for support from others
Remember you don't have to go through this alone, reaching out to someone you trust for support can make the festive season a little bit easier.
Having a support system or at least one person you can go to for help during the difficult moments is hugely beneficial, just knowing that there's someone looking out for you can be a weight off your shoulders.
Be easy on yourself
Don't beat yourself up about the small things over the Christmas season.
Try to remember that you're doing your best so it's okay if you have to leave a gathering early or need some alone time.
The fact that you're even making an effort is something you should be proud of.