The holidays are supposed to be a time full of happiness. Decorating, baking cookies, giving gifts, and attending parties are meant to bring us much joy and merriment. However, for many, the holidays can represent a time of great stress and sometimes sadness. The holiday season can be an emotional time as memories of lost loved ones fill our minds. And sometimes we cannot be with family and friends to celebrate. At times the demands that the holidays put on us can be overwhelming instead of full of cheer. For some of us, when family and friends leave after the holidays are over, it is hard to get back into the swing of regular activities.
If you are finding yourself a little blue during the holiday season, then check out these holiday coping tips from the Mayo Clinic. According to the Mayo Clinic, the best ways to prevent holiday stress and depression are to:
- Acknowledge your feelings
- Reach out
- Be realistic
- Set aside differences
- Stick to a budget
- Plan ahead
- Learn to say no
- Don’t abandon health habits
- Take a breather
- Seek professional help if you need it
To read the full article, please visit Mayo clinic’s website. If you are still feeling stressed, anxious, irritable, lonely or depressed after trying these suggestions as well as other coping methods, it may be best to contact a professional for help. In the Support Services section of our Senior Resources, we have a section dedicated to mental health. Here, you will be able to find counseling services and support groups in your area.
With some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays.