Last week I was interviewed for the IVP blog about the holiday season, a time that is often fraught and a particular challenge for those with mental health issues.

1. How do you manage depression during the holiday season?

It can certainly be a difficult time for many people, regardless of whether they have mental health challenges. I guess it boils down to how we manage triggering events or circumstances in general. The better we know ourselves, the better we can anticipate the danger zones. Each of us is different, but after many years handling this stuff, I have a good idea of where my vulnerabilities lie. Where trigger moments can be avoided, we should do so. Where not, we need to build up our resilience with other things that are helpful. So much of it is about being anticipating situations ahead of time.

2. What have you found to be the most helpful form of self-care, especially around Christmastime?

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