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Avoid those Holiday blues

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11:22 am

Sho's TimeSanta has made his visits and the new year has been brought in.

With so much joy and cheer, it is hard to believe that the blues can creep in on our holiday bliss.

After having the family return home, one can feel lonely, which allows for depression to creep in. Also, with the new year fresh at one’s heels, it could cause one to reflect on all those things that he or she did not accomplish, which can cause one to be hard on themselves and dissatisfied.

“The stress and more joyful feelings during the holidays (at least for some people) can leave a person depleted physically after the high-strung feelings of the holidays are over. Perhaps the mind and body can both be sick, in a sense, after the holidays,” Rheyanne Weaver of HERWriter said.

So, if you feel a little blue during this most wonderful time of the year, it is completely normal and rightfully valid. What you are feeling is known as post-holiday depression.

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker, licensed psychologist and marriage and family counselor, points out that some studies show as many as 25 percent of Americans suffer from low-grade to full-blown depression after the holidays.

So, what can you do to chase away those holiday blues?  Dr. Hartwell-Walker gives the following advice: Take care of yourself, take some time to mediate, call a friend, do something positive for yourself at least five times in a day, do random acts of kindness for others, arrange things to look forward to and give yourself an attitude transplant.

Half the battle to tackle an issue is to realize there is an issue. If you are feeling a bit depressed, take measures to make yourself feel happy. If the holiday depression persists, seek professional guidance.

Let 2017 be the year you live outside your comfort zone and live life to the fullest! I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2017!