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Beating Post-Holiday Depression

post holiday depressionMost of us are likely to feel obligated to make sure everyone has a good Christmas. These pressured expectations can lead to fatigue and exhaustion, guilt, and even a depression. The best way to avoid frustration after the holiday season, control over your post-holiday expectations and provide a meaningful Christmas and New Year’s experience for you and your family, without the emotional disappointment that usually occurs after it’s all over, is to follow the tips below .

Post-holiday blues can result from built-up expectations and disappointments from the previous year, coupled with stress and fatigue. People who do not view themselves as depressed may also develop stress responses, such as headaches, insomnia, overeating and excessive drinking. Anyway, a sudden change between holiday and everyday life is a difficult change, but can be managed in a few simple steps.

– Make realistic expectations for the holiday season. Always set realistic goals for yourself. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle. Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.

– Keep track of your holiday spending. Overspending can lead to depression when the bills arrive after the holidays are over. Extra bills with little budget to pay them can lead to further stress and depression.

– Do not put all your energy into just one day (no matter Thanksgiving Day or New Year’s Eve). The holiday cheer can be spread from one holiday event to the next.

– Enjoy the present and look to the future with optimism. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the “good old days” of the past.

– Limit your consumption of alcohol, since excessive drinking will only boost your feelings of depression.

– Spend time with supportive and caring people. Make time to contact a long lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer. At the same time it’s great time to make new friends. Don’t forget to find a moment and a place for yourself!

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