Don’t Be Sad, We’re All In This Together - Mental Health and the holidays

Dr Keva Thompson, National PAHO Consultant: Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health PAHO/WHO Office for The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands shares this advice to help beat the winter blues:

#• Keep up with activities that you enjoy and find alternatives for things that are no longer possible.

#• Stay connected with friends and family.

#• Eat at regular intervals and get enough sleep.

#• Exercise regularly if you can – even if it’s just a short walk.

#• Avoid or restrict alcohol intake and only take medicine as by your health-care provider.

#• If you think you may be depressed, talk to someone you trust about your feelings.

#• Seek professional help – your local health-care worker or doctor is a good place to start. 

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