After weeks of decorating, shopping, baking, and preparing for it, the holidays are over. After all the excitement, parties,
and visits with friends and family, it’s done. Overnight, you lose the sense of excitement and anticipation that was filling your time. This is common and has a variety of names such as the “Post-Holiday Blues”, “Holiday Depression” or “Post-Vacation Blues”. According to a survey by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 64% of people are affected by holiday depression. and it’s often triggered by emotional, financial, and physical stresses.
So how can we cope?
Focus on your diet and sleep schedule.
It’s easier to handle any intense emotions when we are tending to these basic needs. In addition, most of us tend to indulge in some holiday sweets and our diets often go out the window! Make a commitment back to your healthy routines.
Surround yourself with your loved ones.
The benefits of surrounding ourselves with a supportive network are impactful. If you’re stuck in a rut, schedule that coffee date, video call, or phone call.
Exercise. I know. It’s always in these blogs. But…
Exercise does improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Get out there folks!
The holiday blues may not be pleasant, but they are often part of our transition to regular life. If you feel the blues are persisting or are particularly intense, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
Therapy Matters is accepting new clients and can help. Your mental health matters and so do you!
Debi Anson LMSW LCSW CAADC
Therapy Matters LLC