What Are the Holiday Blues?

Feelings of sadness that last throughout the holiday season—especially during the months of November and December—are often referred to as the holiday blues or holiday depression. The holidays are usually viewed as a time of happiness and rejoicing. But for some people, it can be a period of painful reflection, sadness, loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Even[…]

5 Ways the Change of Seasons Might Affect Your Mental Health … and what you can do about it.

Sometimes it can seem like it’s mandatory to like fall. Everyone is abuzz with talk of pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, and rain boots. If seasonal changes are difficult for you, you might feel alone. The truth is that for many people, the transition to fall is tough and the transition to winter is even[…]

How to Deal With Grief Over the Holidays.

        1. Accept the emotions that you’re feeling. The holidays can generate exaggerated feelings as the pressure to “be merry” collides with the reality of our grief. Grief can present itself in a variety of emotions, from sadness or anxiety to irritability or anger. Everyone grieves differently. But that can be difficult[…]

Managing the Seemingly Inevitable Holiday Season Stress

Welcome to the holiday season—that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, holiday parties, and activities galore that begins right after Halloween, builds to Thanksgiving and continues gaining momentum through the end of the year.   While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also the harbinger of holiday stress for[…]

Holiday Survival Strategies for Coping With Grief

For anyone dealing with an illness, grief, or the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be a time of sadness, pain, anger, or dread. It can be difficult to cope, especially when you see the sights and sounds of holiday happiness all around you.   The ebb and flow of grief can become overwhelming with[…]

Coping with the Holiday Blues

The holiday season for most people is a fun time of the year filled with parties, celebrations, and social gatherings with family and friends. For many people, it is a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety.   What causes holiday blues? Sadness is a truly personal feeling. What makes one person feel sad[…]