Depression peaks during the holidays, affecting over 17 million Americans.

The holiday season is a joyous time for many but a very stressful time for some. The season can come with woes including feeling reminded of a loss of a loved one, tight finances or family tension. Whatever the culprit is, don’t despair. Here are some tips to keep your spirits up through New Years.

-Between balancing shopping and holiday work parties, do something for yourself. Get a manicure, go to the batting range, watch a laugh out loud comedy…anything that de-stresses you.

-Try your best not to overspend. I know this is easier said than done. The dilemma with racking up the December receipts are those dreaded January bills. This can start the new year with feelings of guilt and sometimes anxiety.

-Exercise, exercise, exercise. It does a body good, plain and simple. It’s a mood booster but also prevents that post-feast “tight pants depression”. It’s a 2-for-1. It is the gift that keeps on giving.