10 Ways To Cope With The Holiday Blues
For some people, the holiday season is not the happiest time of year it's the most difficult. There are many reasons why the holidays are a time of loneliness, sadness, or depression.
The loss of a loved one, financial issues, a divorce, or the end of a relationship or friendship contribute to the Holiday Blues. Sometimes people who love the holidays feel the blues whether it be the pressure of family coming to visit, the anxiety of long lines at the store, or being stuck in traffic.
Verywellmind.com has some helpful tips to get you through the Holiday Blues and ease the stress. Even though it's tempting, try to avoid “canceling” the holidays. It's important to know that seasonal depression is more common than you may think.
A 2022 survey by ValuePenguin, explored how Americans feel during the holidays. Out of 2,100 surveyed, 55% said they experience the Holiday Blues. Gen Zers (75%) and single adults (65%) said they felt lonelier than their counterparts. The top reasons:
41% not being around loved ones, 37% seasonal depression, and 36% grief.
1.) Try something new. Start a new tradition.
2.) Get out of the house and attend a free local holiday event. Take a drive and look at holiday decorations, or take a walk and go window shopping (without shopping.)
3.) Limit drinking because alcohol increases feelings of depression.
4.) Take a break from social media.
5.) Try talking to a therapist or a friend. Ask for help.
6.) Take it easy. Know that there's no right or wrong way to celebrate the holidays.
7.) Find a prayer partner or learn how to meditate.
8.) Allow yourself to rest, make sure you are getting enough sleep.
9.) Volunteer or do something charitable like serving food at a local shelter.
10.) Surround yourself with people who love and support you.
If you’re going through a difficult time, it can be tough to see others so happy. If you’re dealing with feelings of stress or depression, you aren’t alone. There are a variety of ways to manage your feelings and get the help you need.
Mental health specialists advise that folks trying to cope with grief and the first holiday without a loved one get support from others. Support groups can make a difference. Watching others celebrate can be painful when memories of loss are still new. However, thoughts of making new holiday traditions can serve as a light in times of sadness. Memories of those who've passed away can be celebrated and make family gatherings even more precious than before. Vitas Healthcare has a few coping tips to help you manage the holiday blues.
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