The Christmas trees are put away, all the family has returned home, the New Year is into its 3rd week, and the credit card bills have begun to arrive in the mail. Now is the time, to watch out for post-holiday depression. PsychCentral.com shares in an article entitled “How to Manage Post-Holiday Depression”:
“It’s not that unusual. Some studies show as many as 25 percent of Americans suffer from low-grade to full-blown depression after the holidays. The hype and excitement and, yes, expectation, for jolliness buoy up many in the buildup to the Big Day. But then expectations hit reality. Relatives aren’t always kind. Gifts aren’t given and received in the spirit intended. The fantasy that maybe this year will be different is dashed yet again. It’s hard for even the most resilient not to feel a letdown. For those who are prone to depression anyway, the weeks after a holiday can feel like the emotional rug has been pulled out from them.”
What can we do to stave off (fend or ward off) holiday depression? Here are a few things:
- Take a few quiet minutes every day to be thankful and have a heart of gratitude
- Shift your focus from the holidays to everyday pleasures…i.e. have a coffee date
- Learn something new. Take a class…check your local Parks and Recreation
- Tighten the reins on spending…especially if you overspent during the holidays
- Schedule some alone time…this is crucial for introverts
Each of these things will aid in conquering a simple manifestation of ‘post-holiday’ blues. Yet, when struggling with depression which doesn’t seem to go away, consult a medical professional for assistance.
We will continue our series, “Healthy, Happier You” next week by covering Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), with a little focus we can make 2108 a great year.
Reference: How to Manage Post-Holiday Depression. Accessed at:
Accessed on: January 3, 2018.
Reference: Seniors and Post-Holidays Blues: Why it Happens and What to Do
Accessed on January 6, 2018.