Slip on Your Holiday Armor: Combatting Post-Holiday Depression is a Battle You Can Win

Like a deflated balloon dragging behind a child, many meet the post-holiday months feeling lifeless and without the sense of purpose, they had just days before.

October through December homes fill with a bustle of activity. Decorating. Shopping. Baking. Cooking. Wrapping. Party-planning. Gift-giving. Visiting. Hosting. School and work events. Social calendars make even the most introverted look like social butterflies with bullhorns. These social calendars give us moments that lift us up and moments that reminded us why family isn’t always defined by the branches on a family tree. Anticipation. Planning. Excitement. Stress. Joy. Disappointment. Responsibility. The list of words associated with the holidays go on-and-on.

So what happens after the needles start falling from the once scent-filled, luscious Christmas tree and the holiday decorations that were so important to you weeks before now look like one more thing you need to take care of and put away in your already exhausting day? 

For one, January arrives. There’s no way around it. The holidays will end and within weeks those living in colder climates are forced to hibernate. The cold winter months make outside activities undesirable. The long, dark nights encourage sleep to call our name sooner.

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Healthy diet linked to lower odds of depression

In June 2019, researchers in Korea published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Current Developments in Nutrition, showing a connection between diet and depression.

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This diet may reduce anxiety, distress & depression

In June 2019, the peer-review journal Nutritional Neuroscience published a study by researchers in Canada and Iran that shows a connection between diet and mental health.

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Pro-inflammation diet could raise depression risk by 15%

In June 2019, The Journal of Nutrition published the findings of researchers in France who had investigated any connection between a pro-inflammation diet and depression risk.

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This diet may reduce depression and distress

In May 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Journal of Affective Disorders published a study in which researchers from Canada and Iran reported a link between diet and mental health.

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This vitamin connected to depression during pregnancy

In May 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Research in Nursing & Health published a study in which researchers from the United States reported a link between vitamin B12 levels and depression among pregnant women.

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Yet another reason to not drink soft drinks.

In 2017, researchers in China recruited over 8,000 university students in a study exploring links between soft drink consumption and mental health. They published the results of that study earlier this month in the peer-reviewed journal Public Health Nutrition.

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Nutrient-dense, plant-rich diet may improve depression

In April 2019, researchers from the United States published a study in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, showing a connection between diet and depression.

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Vegetarians may have lower depression odds

In April 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Ethnicity & Health published a study by 4 American researchers, who had found a connection between depression and vegetarianism.

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Inflammatory diet tied to depression in young women

In April 2019, researchers in Turkey published a study in Ecology of Food and Nutrition, showing a connecting between diet and depression in young women.

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