How to cure those holiday blues
The holidays are often perceived as a time of rejoicing and celebrating. However, for some people, it can be a period of loneliness, sadness, and anxiety.
This constant feeling of sadness that lasts through December is referred to as holiday blues.
Although each person could have different signs and symptoms, the most common manifestation of holiday blues is the persistent feeling of sadness that begins during the holiday season.
It may also be accompanied by feelings of exhaustion, losing interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating, difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, and feeling irritable or angry.
Causes of Holiday Blues
There are several reasons why you may develop holiday blues. It can be a result of:
- Unrealistic expectations
- Financial difficulties
- Poor social support
- Not being able to be home for the holidays
- Nostalgia for the holidays in the past
Beating the Holiday Blues
Unless you have been diagnosed with depression, your doctor may most likely recommend lifestyle changes to beat the holiday blues. This may include:
Learning to say ‘no’
When you are feeling overwhelmed, you are more susceptible to an emotional breakdown. So if you’re already feeling exhausted, it’s time to set a boundary
- Moving more
Regular physical activity has been proven to help in boosting one’s mood. Block a period of time each day to do something physical. You’ll notice a difference even with just a 10-minute walk.
- Getting to bed on time
With gatherings here and there, getting to bed on time may seem like a challenge but you need it. Getting enough sleep can make you feel rejuvenated and ready to take the challenges of the day.
If you still experience persistent sadness and lack of energy even after doing these strategies, then you may want to consider seeing a specialist. It may be more than just holiday blues.