How to Cope With the Holiday Blues

Do you find yourself feeling “blue” during the holidays?

As we reach the end of the year, many of us are preparing for the upcoming holiday season. Though the holidays can be filled with feelings of joy and belonging, for many it can also bring on feelings of sadness and loneliness. This time of year cane sometimes remind us of the people we have lost, grief, and inability to be around others with the impending cold winter weather. These negative feelings during the holiday season have been coined “The Holiday Blues,” and may be more prevalent than we think. According to this survey conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 64% of survey takers said they were affect by the holiday blues, and 24% said that they were affected very much so by the holidays.

With the holidays quickly approaching, this may be the time to take a moment to learn more about the symptoms of the holiday blues, and explore ways to manage those feelings.

The symptoms of the holiday blues can include feeling tired, sad, or lonely. They can also include things like feeling disinterested and difficulty concentrating. The symptoms and the degree of severity can differ from person to person, and often times one particular holiday season can be more provoking for the holiday blues than others.

Helpful Tips to Cope With the Holiday Blues

If you recognize yourself to have the holiday blues, here are some tips that can help you manage those symptoms during the holiday season:

  • Get enough sleep and stick to as normal of a schedule as possible
  • Spend time with people who support you
  • Mourn for those you have lost and get support
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit alcohol use and overeating
  • Set reasonable expectations for goals, interacting/entertaining, and budgeting
  • Remember to take time for yourself

These tips can aid in managing the holiday blues and to allow you the chance to enjoy your holiday season. However, if you notice that these symptoms remain after the holidays are over, that may be the time to consult with a physician or therapist. Do your best to take care of yourself during this holiday season, and make the most of your time with loved ones and support.

We at Lincoln Park Therapy Group wish you a wonderful holiday season! If you notice that you are experiencing the holiday blues, make an appointment with us. We are here to support you!

Written by: Veronica Payanoff, LPC Therapist at Lincoln Park Therapy Group

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