Coping With The Holiday Blues

December 14, 2011 Updated Dec 14, 2011 at 8:24 PM EDT

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December 14, 2011 Updated Dec 14, 2011 at 8:24 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Some people experience the holiday blues this time of year. Psychologists say people get down for different reasons around Christmas.

According to Dr. Robert Rowney, psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic, financial stressors, as people are buying gifts and the stress of traveling can be extremely exhausting.

He says if people have a history of depression, the extra stressors
around the holidays may cause it to worsen, but anyone can become depressed this time of year.

It could be you're away from your family for the first time, or a loved one recently died.

To lift your spirits, doctors say try focusing on the future or doing something new, and they say if you're feeling down, don't be afraid to talk about it with someone you trust.

Remember, the holiday season doesn't last forever.

Dr. Rowney says, "Try to limit the time you are spending in those difficult situations and certainly concentrate on the fact that it's not going to be forever that you're stuck in that scenario."

He also says make a little time for yourself by letting others plan holiday activities, giving yourself the chance to recharge your batteries.

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