More than Just Holiday Blues or Anxiety

Person holding a sign in front of a tall building that reads Destroy What Destroys You. - 7/09/2019

Holiday blues can be a real issue for some people. If you're one of those people who struggle, try to remember that the blues can often be brought on by unrealistic expectations or sad memories. The season may bring on anxiety as you try to balance schedules, finances and health. It can be easy to turn to a substance like alcohol as a way to “escape” from all the stress, but there are better coping strategies. Don't let it get the best of you. 

Practice these tips to help adjust your mood: 

  • Get plenty of sleep. 
  • Take time to recharge by listening to music you enjoy. 
  • Spend time with supportive, caring people. 
  • Exercise. Even a short walk can help. 
  • Avoid alcohol and overeating, especially sugary foods. 
  • Set a budget and don’t overextend yourself.  

If your feelings persist, try a few other things:

  • Call a close friend who will listen. Talk with someone who can help you feel supported and less alone.  
  • Remind yourself that the hustle and bustle of the busy season is just temporary.  Life will settle down soon.
  • Pause and slow down. Practice breathing in for four breaths and out for four breaths. 

Be patient and take life one day at a time. Try to be in the moment and feel empowered by making smart, healthy choices that will make you feel good. If you still feel distressed, reach out to an agency like Lakeview Center for help.