Updated: Dec 3, 2021
While this may be labeled as "the most wonderful time of the year," it's very common for many to experience the holiday blues. If you may be experiencing this now, please know that you are not alone and what you're going through is completely normal.
There are many things that can contribute to the holiday blues. Whether it’s something as simple as overscheduling yourself, or a deeper emotional need, it’s possible to work through your feelings and be patient with yourself.
Seasonal depression is more common than you may think. According to PubMed Central, approximately 14% of adults experience the holiday blues.
These blues can be especially overwhelming during a time of change. Christmas and New Year’s Eve often present challenging demands, from never-ending parties to family obligations. These events can come with higher levels of stress.
If you’re dealing with feelings of stress or depression, know that you aren’t alone. There are mindful ways to manage your symptoms to help you get through the holiday blues with more compassion and patience.
Here are seven ways to deal with the holiday blues:
Limit alcohol – Limit your alcohol intake, and try not to keep it readily available around your house. If you’re attending a party and you know alcohol will be accessible, limit yourself to one or two drinks. Drinking in excess can affect your mood and amplify any negative feelings that you may have.
Get plenty of sleep – Try to go to bed at a specific time each night. Being well-rested can improve your mood and help you feel ready to take on the day.
Learn to say “no” – Overscheduling and not making time for yourself can lead to emotional breakdowns. Learn how to say “no,” and stay firm on your decision.
Be open to new traditions – You may have an image of what you think the holiday should consist of, and this may not be what’s actually happening. Instead of holding on to what the holiday should have been, allow new traditions to unfold.
Get support when mourning a loved one – If you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be especially tough. Although it can be tempting to isolate yourself and grieve, it can be beneficial to spend time with your friends and family. They can support you through this difficult time.
Spend time with your loved ones – Instead of spending the holidays alone at home, get your friends or family together for a dinner party at your place. The more the merrier! You can spruce things up with lively decorations and add welcoming floral arrangements to your living spaces.
Exercise regularly – Plug in your headphones and pop out for a walk around the block a couple of times a day. A quick 10-minute walk will get your heart rate up and release mood-boosting endorphins.
I wish you every happiness this holiday season! Sending love your way.
"Remember that the best solution for the holiday blues is to do something special for someone else." - Anonymous