According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the holiday blues are “temporary feelings of anxiety or depression during the holidays that can be associated with extra stress, unrealistic expectations or even memories that accompany the season.” But with the Covid-19 pandemic this year, many people may experience a new kind of holiday blues and unexpected emotions.
Because of Covid-19 and social distancing we have already had to do without vacations, parties, and other gatherings. Now that the holidays are upon us, we may be canceling them or celebrating differently. You may feel worried about your health and your family’s wellbeing or you may be experiencing sadness or depression because your holiday plans are different this year.
Several families I know have already canceled their holiday travel plans this year in order to keep everyone safe, thus leaving many more people celebrating the holidays alone and suffering from anxiety and loneliness.
You may also have the feeling of losing out on the experience of being with loved ones. I’ve heard people say, “How many more holidays will I have with my elderly family members?” or if you are older, “How many more holidays do I have left?”
Here are 5 tips to help you cope with the holiday blues and all these emotions that you might be feeling as we approach the holiday season.
No matter what is causing your holiday blues this year, try to be resilient and know that these feelings can and will pass. Make the most of what we have and enjoy this season.