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This year feels anything but normal – but we have some tips to help navigate the holiday season.

The holiday season has announced its approach, and with it comes a complicated mix of emotions and challenges. For some people, the impending holidays spark excitement, joy, and a festive mood. For others, anxiety and depression can creep in and settle heavily – especially this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted so many facets of life, and now holds the potential to exacerbate the challenges of the holidays. For many people, gathering in the same room with friends and family will not be possible this year – whether due to travel restrictions, social distancing (formal guidance is available on the CDC’s website), or the death of a loved one. Some will grapple with the anxiety of being face-to-face with others, wondering: “Is it safe? Is it worth the risk? Is it safe to travel?”

Everyone’s stressors are unique. What feels easy to one person can cause great distress for another –there is no right or wrong way to feel. What matters the most is acknowledging your feelings, so that you can take steps to feel better. Here are some things you can try to help navigate this year’s unique holiday season:

Turn to Tech

While a cozy dinner around the table might be the norm for your family, you can take advantage of technology to stay in touch while staying apart. Choose a date and time for your dinner, and everyone can log in from wherever they are. Keep some of the elements of tradition in place: set the table, put on your favorite sweater, or make your famous side dish.

Keep The Traditions You Can…

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This could be the perfect year to start a new holiday tradition with your family!

You’ll still be able to do some of the things you love about the holidays, like visiting your favorite pumpkin patch, stringing up lights, enjoying hot cocoa after sledding, or decorating your home in a festive way. Try to focus on the things you are still able to do, rather than the ones you are missing out on.

…and Start Some New Ones, Too.

This could be the perfect time to establish some new traditions. Have you always wanted to send a family photo card to friends and relatives, but never had the time? Establish a game night? Learn a new craft so that you can make gifts by hand? Challenge yourself to explore new opportunities, and you may be pleasantly surprised by how much you enjoy them.

Find Time for Self-Care

Remember to be kind to yourself. If you are feeling depressed, anxious, or stressed, remember that it is not a sign of weakness; you are human. Take the time to do the things that make you feel your best, whether that is a morning workout, a few minutes with a good book, or watching funny animal videos.

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Self care is vital; be sure to carve out time for something you enjoy.

For some, those steps aren’t always enough to combat the stress, anxiety, and depression that can come with the holidays. And in the age of COVID, the element of loneliness has been added into the mix. According to the World Health Organization, “social isolation can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness is associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide.” In other words, the holiday season of 2020 could be the perfect storm of elements to wreak havoc on our mental health.

The good news is, there is a way to feel better fast, and you don’t have to turn to medications. Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared medical device – not a drug – that is clinically proven to safely and effectively treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. A tiny current of electricity is transmitted painlessly through two earclip electrodes, a modality called cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES). Alpha-Stim’s patented waveform restores balance to the brain, making you feel better fast.

Treatments are quick (just 20 minutes) and conducted in the comfort of your own home, whenever it is convenient for you. Relief is long-lasting and often immediate. Not only that, but results are cumulative over time: the more often you use Alpha-Stim, the better you’ll feel, and the less you’ll need it. Alpha-Stim is safe to use in conjunction with other treatment modalities.

The Alpha-Stim AID device

Unlike medications, Alpha-Stim bears no risk of addiction or withdrawal. This makes it the perfect solution for people whose depression and anxiety tend to come and go. You can start and discontinue treatments whenever you see fit, without risk of withdrawal.

Alpha-Stim is backed by decades of experience and more than 100 clinical research studies. Patients rave about their results with Alpha-Stim, and we’re confident you’ll be impressed, too. That’s why you can try it for 30 days; if you don’t like it, you can return it. Financing options are available.

We are heading in a holiday season like no other. If you’re struggling with anxiety and depression, getting through the upcoming months may feel like an insurmountable challenge. But you have options. There is help; there is hope. There is Alpha-Stim.

 

About Alpha-Stim

Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that has been proven time and again to effectively treat acute, post-traumatic, and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Alpha-Stim uses cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), delivered through a patented waveform via two earclip electrodes, to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) delivers pain relief directly to the source of discomfort via two handheld Smart Probes.

The safety and effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 independent clinical research studies. Unlike with medications, there is no risk of addiction or lasting side effects.

Alpha-Stim is available by prescription in the United States and over-the-counter in other countries. Get started today!