Too often, people struggling with the “holiday blues” get discouraged in seeking support because there is a lack of resources available. For one thing, some people simply claim that this phenomenon doesn’t exist or that it’s “in people’s heads”. That is not helpful to those struggling, so, naturally, they are unsure of where to turn. Fortunately, you’re in the right place now.
Are they real?
We’re here to tell you that the holiday blues are a thing, and they’re a very real thing that millions of people struggle with. Those who have existing mental health concerns or who are recovering from addiction are even more likely to struggle since they’re already dealing with stress, anxiety, and/or depression on a daily basis. Most people report that the holidays bring them joy, feelings of love and happiness, and an overall festive spirit.
However, many people also report that in addition to those feelings, they may also have excess stress, fatigue, sadness, or irritability. Some may only experience these feelings and not the joy that others do – that’s okay, too. It’s not good, of course, but it isn’t the end of the world. There are plenty of things you can do to fight back against the holiday blues once and for all.
Family & Money?
As expected, the two biggest factors affecting stress and depression around the holidays are family and money(gifting). These are topics that cause undue stress year-round, after all, so in a season that emphasizes both, it’s no wonder that people struggle even more. The important thing to note, first of all, is that this is just a seasonal thing that will pass. If you have symptoms of stress that last beyond the holidays, you might want to consult a professional because there may be more happening than just the holiday blues.
You are not alone!
If you’re feeling like the holiday season is just too much, you’re not alone. People all over the world struggle with this, but there are plenty of resources to help. Find people you can talk to that aren’t involved in or creating excess stress or sadness. Reach out to support groups and others to get whatever you need during this time. Most importantly, don’t let yourself fall victim to the stigma and the “get over it” mentality that so many have because this is something that you can tackle, but you have to face it head-on.