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5 Tips to beat New Year’s blues

January 17, 2020

For some people, the New Year brings hope for a fresh start, bringing in feelings of excitement and enthusiasm. However, there are people who may feel the exact opposite. 

Some people actually dread this part of the year as it brings mixed feelings of depression, nervousness, and anxiety. This emotional low period at the start of the year is also known as New Year’s blues or New Year’s depression.

What causes it?

The mild depression after the holidays can be triggered by several factors. 

One of the most common triggers is the incessant worry about the future and the many unknown factors. Some people may end up thinking of their past year’s accomplishments and fear that they may not be able to achieve as much as they did last year. 

Another factor that may trigger New Year blues is the constant thought of not living up to the society’s ‘standard’ of the holidays. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or the New Year celebration itself, some people may consider their celebration as sub-par compared to how media paint as the ideal one. 

These factors, combined with the extra holiday pounds and the absence of holiday parties and lights, may trigger the development of New Year’s depression. 

People who are already mildly depressed are the ones highly susceptible to developing it. 

How to beat New Year’s depression?

If you are susceptible to New Year’s depression, the following strategies can help you beat it: 

  • Ask ‘why’
    Some cases of New Year’s blues occur as a result of constant rumination.

    Instead of focusing on your shortcomings, ask yourself ‘why did it happen?’ And think of ways you can do differently to achieve your desired result.
  • Get or stay active
    Physical activities won’t just benefit your physical health. It can also do a lot of wonders for your mental and emotional health.

    Whether it’s walking, cycling, dancing, or powerlifting, any physical activity can boost your mood.
  • Make specific resolutions
    If you’re the kind of person who loves making New Year’s resolutions, making specific, actionable, and reasonable ones will more likely help you achieve them.

    For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, you may want to make a resolution of “walking for at least 15 minutes a day” instead of “getting more active.”

    Evaluate your expectations
    Having so many unrealistic expectations could affect how you feel about yourself. So examine your goals for the year. Are they realistic for your given time frame?

    To keep yourself from being overwhelmed, you may want to break down your goals into small, specific tasks.

  • Seek help
    If you’ve tried doing all these and yet, the fog of depression is still there, it may help you to seek professional help.

    There are different ways to manage depression. There are anti-depressant drugs, therapy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

    TMS is a non-invasive procedure, usually sought by patients who were not able to achieve desired results from drug therapy. It can be used in combination with cognitive therapy.

    If you’re curious how it works and would like to know if it’s something you can benefit from, you may contact us at NeurOasis TMS at (520) 338-2557. 

 

References:

https://www.healingsolutions.ca/2015/01/12/feeling-depressed-beginning-new-year/

https://www.webmd.com/depression/features/new-year-blues#3