Many people look forward to and prepare for the holiday season all year long. But now that Santa has crawled down the chimney, the holiday music has subsided and seasonal decorations have been packed up, many people leave the holiday season behind with psychological whiplash.
The holidays are emotional and, for some, their experience can be similar to a roller coaster. Expectations may have been unmet, feelings of loneliness from loved ones lost may have surfaced, and guilt from overindulgence can all impact one’s seasonal experience. Plus the serious winter weather has set in. When you finally take a step off the holiday roller coaster, you might feel a little down. This mild form of depression is not only common, but is most often referred to as the “winter blues.”
The following symptoms may be associated with the winter blues: fatigue, difficulty concentrating, overeating, increased alcohol use, irritability, sadness, anger, guilt and anxiety. During the first few months after the holiday season, f you find yourself experiencing a collection of the symptoms, there are steps you can take to get on track:Move your body: Make healthy choices: