Holiday Blues (Climate of Health)

‘Tis the season to be jolly – but what if you’re not? There’s a lot of pressure to be merry during the holidays and for some….that can bring on the holiday blues.

From US News & World Report:

Celebrating is the last thing some people feel like doing during the holiday season.

“The holidays can be an especially difficult time for people who are depressed or grieving,” Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, said in a foundation news release.

“People who are sad or lonely often feel out of sync when everyone else seems to be celebrating, and the holidays can exacerbate these feelings,” he explained.

One of the keys to avoiding the holiday blues, according to a story in NewsMax Health, is to keep your holiday expectations “realistic.” Trying to live up to a vision of happiness you (or others) have created can add undue stress and lead to disappointment.

The Mayo Clinic offers 10 tips to help people cope with the holiday blues. Among them:

  • Acknowledge your feelings;
  • Reach out;
  • Set aside differences; and
  • Stick to a budget.

Believe it or not – a story on CBC News suggests at least 50 percent of us experience some degree of the holiday blues. Share your thoughts on how to handle the holidays and what you do if you start to feel a little less than merry. Mental health is a critical piece of our vision to make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation! So let’s keep those ho, ho, ho’s in perspective so everyone can enjoy the holidays…..in their own way.

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