Holiday blues?

quick tip mercyDespite what that old Christmas song says, sometimes December is not “the most wonderful time of the year.” If you have a tough time avoiding the blues during this time of year, you’re definitely not alone. It’s pretty common to feel more stress, anxiety and/or sadness during the holidays.

One thing that could help is simple and backed up by medical facts. Exercise may produce a decline in depression similar to the effects seen in people who are on antidepressant medications. (That does not mean you shouldn’t get depression treated by a doctor. It just means that exercise might also help ease depression symptoms during a more stressful time of year.)

For more info on depression and treatment options, call the Mercy Behavioral Health clinic at 479-717-7626. The office is located at 515 Enterprise Drive, Suite 300 in Lowell.  Click here for more info.