Tips for Managing the Holiday Blues

NOV. 19, 2015

By Luna Greenstein

Many people can experience feelings of anxiety or depression during the holiday season. People who already live with a mental health condition should take extra care to tend to their overall health and wellness during this time. 

Extra stress, unrealistic expectations or even sentimental memories that accompany the season can be a catalyst for the holiday blues. Some can be at risk for feelings of loneliness, sadness, fatigue, tension and a sense of loss. 

A lot of seasonal factors can trigger the holiday blues such as, less sunlight, changes in your diet or routine, alcohol at parties, over-commercialization or the inability to be with friends or family. These are all factors that can seriously affect your mood.

However, there are certain things you can do to help avoid the holiday blues. Ken Duckworth, M.D., NAMI’s medical director, shares advice for managing your health—both mental and physical—during the holiday season in this video




NOV, 29, 2017 03:24:58 PM
These suggestions are good all year long!

NOV, 27, 2017 03:10:07 PM
How does anyone deal with Bipolar Manic behavior. The stress of waiting for the other shoe to fall. A crisis looming over head. Another event with police, hospitals etc... The gut wrenching sick feeling and heartach is not just holiday blues but reality, no place to turn for help. A girl in the middle a mother spinning out her big brother spinning out both with manic bipolar behavior. Meds are forgotten to be taken in the holiday rush and stress. NOW that is true depression. I guess there are no answers or solutions just wait it through and hope and pray no one dies. We cry to see such torment. it's so hard and so sad to be so helpless. We just live with it. I'm at a loss how to survive. I am the grandmother my daughter is bipolar her oldest son is bipolar but the youngest daugther is not. she is lost in the middle of her mother and big brother going off the rail. It's painful. Any help out there?

DEC, 05, 2016 03:15:21 PM
Having a hard time with boredom and thinking of my lost son. Being depressed is so easy for me and I wish that the VA could come up with good programs that allow us to talk and they listen. I hope that the next few days open up the loneliness and all the empty feelings I have.

DEC, 18, 2015 03:12:02 PM
Gina Hill
I'm having a tough time this holiday season. Things currently in the news, coupled with the anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT three years ago, really make me sad. I started crying about it yesterday and couldn't stop for hours. I can get so hung up on all the injustice and pain in the world. I'm going to take a media and internet break for a few weeks in hopes of clearing my head. I'm also trying not to freak out over feeling bad and just allow myself to be where I'm at, even if it feels crappy. Thanks for helping me with that.

DEC, 17, 2015 08:21:45 PM
Jennifer Andrews
Thank you for the post. I'm currently going through a divorce so the holiday blues is a real struggle right now. I like the tip to not isolate yourself. I know that mental health practices are good and hopefully the tips will help me out a lot this season.

NOV, 21, 2015 10:37:21 AM
Louise Echola
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I wish you happy, healthy, peaceful Holidays.

NOV, 19, 2015 08:44:32 PM
Chris Sciulli
Sometimes if you put your own feeling aside and do an act of kindness at the holiday season,this will give a good feeling in your heart. Sometimes we feel sorry of ourselves instead of the goodness we all have in our hearts. Thought for the day!

NOV, 19, 2015 11:07:43 AM
Thank you for the advise.

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