Holiday Blues? Just Deal with It!

The season seems to shuffle us around with so much intense activity and emotion, come January first, many feel let down.

Holiday Blues? Just Deal with It!The holiday season is not an easy time of the year for many folks, but for many of us, we just have to learn to “deal with it“. The stress, fear of loneliness, the missing of loved ones past and the financial burden gift giving often brings can be overwhelming, emotionally and physically.

The Holiday Blues are real! The demands of shopping, the tension of family reunions, overindulgence, those feelings of being “out of your element” are difficult to handle.

Many become physical issues like headaches, problems sleeping and not getting in your usual amount of exercise.

The season seems to shuffle us around with so much intense activity and emotion, come January first, many feel let down.

Take a deep breath and determine if you have the Holiday Blues or if you have symptoms of depression.

If you are not sure, then the best way to know is to seek a consultation with a medical professional.

Here are a few things that can be done to help cope with the Holiday Blues:

    Don’t accept all of those invitations if they won’t bring you joy.
    Keep up your normal exercise routine.
    Spend time with those you have a positive relationship with.
    Avoid spending too much time with people whose company you do not enjoy.
    Don’t expect too much from others, they are stressed, too.

The holidays are meant to be fun, joyous and a time to reflect and prepare for a new year, a new beginning of sorts.

But if you can’t manage the anxiety on your own, there is nothing shameful in seeking help, if you can afford it or if you have insurance that will cover it. Reading a book about, “How thinking positive will “fix” your emotions this season” might even help you. Or, maybe just knowing you won’t be the only one feeling the Holiday Blues this year will give you comfort.

No matter the solution you choose, keep in mind, like other painful things in life, “this too will pass!”

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