Mental Health Professor’s Tips to Beat Holiday Blues

*Today’s blog was written by Junnelle Hogen. It is a re-post of an article she wrote for the Register-Guard on December 13, 2015.

Amid the ever-present Christmas revelry and excess, many people feel blue.

But a Northwest Christian University associate professor says she’s developed tips to help people navigate the winter6holiday season without becoming too depressed.

Marilyn Montgomery said many people may struggle with heightened anxiety, stress and loneliness before and after Christmas.

“It’s common for people to go up and down,” Montgomery said. “It varies widely, especially for people who have lost someone over the holidays.”

From her experience counseling and teaching at the Eugene university’s clinical mental health counseling program, Montgomery compiled her top five tips for maintaining mental health throughout the season:

Give yourself the same advice you would give your best friend.

A Hurting Parent’s 12 Days of Christmas

Today I thought I’d take a popular Christmas song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and adapt it’s message for you,Wrapped Christmas Gift brokenhearted, weary, disillusioned, disappointed, grieving parents. God has many gifts to help us on our journey with children whose behaviors and choices have ruined our dreams and dashed our hopes. May these revised words remind you of a few of those gifts.

 

On the First day of Christmas our True God gave to us a Savior who is Jesus Christ the Lord.

On the Second day of Christmas our True God gave to us understanding friends.