What Are Post-Holiday Blues?

January 3, 2022

The holiday season is completely filled with joy, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. There is very little focus on the challenges that people feel during this time of the year. Some people feel depressed during the holidays. It’s especially difficult if you can’t be with loved ones or if someone has recently passed away. The financial strains and social obligations can also be taxing. The most difficult time for many is the days right after the holidays.

“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 64% of people report being affected by holiday depression, and it’s most often triggered by financial, emotional, and physical stress of the season.” Psycom

What Are Post-Holiday Blues?

Post-holiday Syndrome is very real. This slump can have many of the characteristics and symptoms of irritability, anxiousness, insomnia, and low energy. The good news is that it is generally short-lived. It can be hard to cope with life after a holiday season filled with intense stress and emotion and getting back to the grindstone after spending time with friends and family members can also be difficult. Regular life has been interrupted and the return to the mundane can cause the post-holiday blues. Overeating can also leave us feeling off-balance.

“Perhaps you’re disappointed by the holidays. It wasn’t what you had hoped for and now feel let down that they’re over.” Psychology Today

Beat Post-Holiday Blues With Routine

Now, you may be wondering how to beat the post-holiday blues. There are many ways to do this. First and most importantly, you need to take care of yourself. Get back into that exercise routine, make healthy food choices, and ask yourself what made the holiday season so special. If you enjoyed spending time with people, invite people over more often. Carve out time to meet people to see movies or go for walks. 

Schedule plenty of time for fun. The winter months can be tough in general, but there are plenty of indoor activities. Last, go easy on yourself and be patient. Understand that these feelings are completely normal and will not last forever. Don’t beat yourself up, but if you do find that you are really struggling, never hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional.

Whether it’s seasonal depression or the post-holiday blues, it’s okay to take time to evaluate and get help if needed.

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