Holiday Blues During the Pandemic

holiday blues Feeling down this holiday season? You are not alone. For many, the holiday season is not the happy time portrayed in movies and commercials. The current pandemic certainly adds a new layer of difficulties this holiday season. This blog aims to validate what you are experiencing as well as to provide some helpful tips to prevent or reduce holiday blues.

Why Am I Feeling This Way?

There are many factors likely affecting your mood this holiday season. For some, the holidays are a reminder of loved ones who have passed away. For others, the holidays may bring back memories of a difficult childhood. The holiday season may also exacerbate underlying issues or illnesses. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) notes that “64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse.” This same post states that in a study concerning mood during the holidays:

  • Approximately 755 of overall respondents reported that the holidays contribute to feeling sad or dissatisfied, citing the following
  • 68% financial strain
  • 66% loneliness
  • 63% too much pressure
  • 57% unrealistic expectations
  • 55% found themselves remembering happier times in the past contrasting with the present
  • 50% were unable to be with loved ones.

How Might The Pandemic Be Contributing?

While the holidays are difficult for many on any given year, the pandemic adds another layer of difficulties this year. With the recent spike in the spread of COVID-19, you may be concerned for you or a loved one’s health. The pandemic may be affecting your ability to be with loved ones this holiday season, possibly creating a sense of isolation. You might be someone who loves tradition and the interruption of traditions due the pandemic causes distress. Each of these concerns are real and valid, but there are steps you can take to help.

How to Prevent or Reduce Holiday Blues:

In a post discussing stress and depression during the holidays The Mayo Clinic details Tips to Prevent Holiday Stress and Depression:

  • Acknowledge Your Feelings
  • Reach Out
  • Be Realistic
  • Set Aside Differences
  • Stick to a Budget
  • Plan Ahead
  • Learn to Say No
  • Don’t Abandon Healthy Habits
  • Take a Breather
  • Seek Professional Help If You Need It

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