RN Advice: Holiday Blues

Posted on December 2, 2012 by


‘Tis the season to be jolly, right?  Not necessarily.  Realistically, with the increased tasks and shopping on an already taxed budget, entertaining additional guests and overall fatigue, we may feel more stress than elation.  The holidays may also have us missing loved ones or reminiscing of holiday pasts.  Here in the Midwest, not seeing the sun during the work week also affects my mood.

Holiday blues is defined “a feeling of sadness, loneliness, depression and even anxiety that often occurs around the holiday season”.  Other signs and symptoms may include decreased interest in normal activities, sleeplessness, headache, change in appetite, or diminished concentration. 

As a society, we place unrealistic expectations on others as well as ourselves to be happy, especially during the holidays.  Whatever we feel, acknowledging and giving ourselves permission to fully experience those feelings are the first steps in coping.  Increasing our self care especially during the holidays reinforces our self worth, increases rest, and offers stress relief.  Additional journaling provides us space to explore our feelings in a safe environment without judgment.  Paying special attention to maintaining our normal eating pattern, avoiding alcohol, sugars or other inflammatory foods goes a long way in nourishing the body and spirit.

If you or someone you know is experiencing the blues that do not subside with the above suggestion, seek professional help.  This holiday season: know you are not alone.

By: Peggi Ingram, RN BSN, PT

Certified Genesis Coach


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