Feelings of sadness that last throughout the holiday season—especially during the months of November and December—are often referred to as the holiday blues or holiday depression.
Even people who love the holidays can experience the blues during this busy season. The holidays are often a time of high emotion and demands, which can leave a lot of people feeling stressed and exhausted.
People with a prior mental health condition may be even more prone to experiencing holiday depression. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 64% of people with an existing mental illness report that the holidays make their condition worse.
So, how do you fix the holiday blues?
Whether it is weekly outpatient therapy, morning meditation, attending community support groups, daily exercise, or specific self-care rituals, keeping with your regular self-care and mental health routine during the holidays can help alleviate unwanted stressors or negative emotions that can re-surface during these busy and expectation-laden weeks of the year.
How can I stop being sad at Christmas?
If it’s seasonal or Christmas sadness, these tips might help:
- Remember you’re not alone
- Allow yourself space to feel sad
- Keep your expectations in check
- Simplify everything!
- Give purpose to your holidays
- Find your own family, remembering that friends can be a chosen family
- Ask for help
Let’s all try to be mindful of those experiencing sadness during the holidays. A simple act of kindness could make a difference for someone going through this. A simple smile and kind words cost nothing to share.
The Team at Dental Recruiting Network wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
This Month’s Inspirational Quote
“Sometimes it takes
Only one act of
kindness and caring
to change a person’s life”