The Gift of Joy

Managing Holiday Depression

‘Tis the season for parties, gatherings, and celebrations. But for many, it’s a time when stress, fatigue, and loneliness are at an all-time high. The festivities and events can exacerbate depression, making the holidays anything but happy.

At Sierra Tucson, we understand the challenges that accompany this hectic time of year – especially for individuals who struggle with depressive disorders. We encourage patients and alumni of our Mood & Anxiety Program to seek joy by doing joyful things.

Are you – or your client – battling depression this holiday season? Here are some ways in which you can find meaning in your life.

    1. Keep It Simple – Personal demands, high expectations, financial pressures, and family conflicts are just a few holiday depression triggers. Instead of adding to a never-ending to-do list, let go of unnecessary tasks. Less stress means more joy.
    2. Try Something New – Oftentimes people find themselves stuck in a holiday rut, and the routine can feel monotonous and boring. Leave behind the holiday humdrum and try something completely new this year. Go ahead, get creative!
    3. Ask for Help – Prolonged periods of isolation are unhealthy for those struggling with depression. Break out of isolation at least once a day, and lean on your support system for help.
    4. Take a Break – It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and overbooked during the holiday season. Rather than fighting Father Time to get it all finished, take a nap or meditate. It’s perfectly OK to enjoy a pause.
    5. Volunteer – Perhaps one of the simplest ways to get out of self is to help others. Service work fosters a happy heart.


If you – or your client – are exhibiting signs and symptoms of depression and in need of help, contact Sierra Tucson’s Admissions Coordinators.

Call (800) 842-4487 Today.


Sierra Tucson Mood & Anxiety Program
Sierra Tucson’s Mood & Anxiety Program provides comprehensive treatment for individuals struggling with mood disorders, including anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, and social anxiety disorder. A multidisciplinary team delivers treatment that is research-informed and supported by evidence-based practices and integrative therapies. Patients benefit from our wide range of services that address the mood disorder and simultaneously treat co-occurring conditions.