It’s that time of year again — time to do the holidays and all the parties and preparations that go with them. And while the season can bring joy and happiness to many, there are some who don’t feel it’s “the most wonderful time of the year.”
We’ve all seen the stories and heard about studies showing the holidays can actually increase depression or anxiety levels in some people. And these individuals may quietly “suffer” as the rest of us enjoy all the trimmings. To these folks, this season and what it represents can all seem like a burden, an unrealistic and unreachable ideal.
No one is immune to feeling sad or irritable. We’re all capable of reaching the “bah, humbug” stage. However, there’s nothing inevitable about the holiday blues creeping into your life — and there are little things we can do to help shake off those feelings.
Here are a few ideas to help you with the holiday blues.