The Holiday Blues and Mental Health

The Holiday Blues and Mental Health

Author: Racheal Mosimann

When one is thinking about the holiday season, they often think about lights, gifts, good food and so much more. For most, the holidays have fond memories with friends and family. It’s a time of hope and happiness that is unlike any other time of the year. With the hustle and bustle that comes with the holidays, it can be difficult to juggle everyday life.

With the holidays, there can be many different emotions that come with them. Many people feel joy, excitement, and cheer during this time. However, this is not the case for everyone. Some struggle with holiday blues during these times. Holidays blues are different from mental illness, but are just as serious and should be treated as such. While it can be more common in those who struggle with mental health, anyone is at risk to have holiday blues.
There are many reasons the holidays can be difficult for an individual. Some common reason for holiday blues are:

  • Financial concerns
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Too much or too little family interaction
  • Loss of loved ones
  • Shorter days

Struggling with the holiday blues can look different for everyone. Symptoms are not exclusive to one person and one person can have more than one symptom. Those who already struggle with mental health conditions may have worsened symptoms during this time. Being aware of the signs before they worsen can help decrease the impact of the holiday blues. Some signs and symptoms to be aware of may include:

  • Losing interest in things you normally enjoy to do
  • Changes in sleep pattern
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Depressed or irritable mood

Not everyone gets the holiday blues, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The triggers can vary per person and so can the symptoms. It could present itself as isolation and depression or over exertion and anxiety. Although it can seem difficult, there are ways to beat the holiday blues. A few include:

  • Self-care
  • Healthy socialization
  • Make a plan
  • Setting realistic expectations
  • Being open with those you love

The holiday blues can cause the holidays to be more stressful, over-whelming, and difficult to get through. There are ways to enjoy the holidays again. If you are struggling, know that you are not alone. As well, it does not last forever and you will make it through. If you or someone
you know is struggling with the holiday blues for a prolonged period of time or is unable to cope, please reach out to:

Valeo Behavioral Healthcare at (785) 233-1730

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