How Serious are Your Holiday Blues?

beat the winter blues, holiday blues, seasonal affective disorder, winter depression,

The holiday season is about giving to others, but don’t forget that being kind to yourself is important for your emotional and physical health.

The holidays aren’t exactly a joyous time for everyone. Psychiatrist, Dr. Norman Rosenthal, notes that it’s a time when people are more aware of their loneliness. People become plagued with unpleasant holiday memories, long for lost loved ones or are simply distraught because they haven’t achieved that “perfect holiday.” These feelings lead to holiday blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

According to Dr. Rosethanl, holiday blues arise from psychological conflicts and tend to last through the holiday season. SAD is a severe, physical form of holiday blues. Those with “SAD are suffering from a clinical depression” that usually lasts for several months. Six percent of the US population is affected by SAD and another 14 percent of American adults suffer from holiday blues.

Holiday Blues and SAD Share Common Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of interest/passion
  • Sadness
  • And social withdrawal

Physical Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Loss of energy
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • And persistent thoughts of death.

Beat the Winter Blues with These Holiday Blues Tips

To protect yourself this holiday season take proactive steps. Listed below are tips to help you identify the causes of your sadness and Mindful Health solutions.

  • Time changes. The early setting of the sun can be quite depressing for some of us.

Solution: Consider taking a rejuvenating morning walk in the early daylight or invest in bright light bulbs to keep your home and mood sunny after dark.

  •  Alcohol/Overeating. With seasonal feasts and toasts, we consume more alcohol and food than usual. This worsens our depression and lowers our self-confidence.

Solution: Remember to eat well, limit alcoholic beverages, and exercise regularly.

  • Over-scheduling/Lack of planning. A peaceful holiday requires balance. Partaking in too many activities causes exhaustion, but waiting until the last minute causes panic.

Solution: Consider delegating tasks or creating a Mindful holiday stress plan.

  • No personal time. We usually spend the season constantly surrounded by others.

Solution: Schedule time for yourself. Consider meditation, yoga or a hobby.

  • Unrealistic expectations. We set high expectations for ourselves, trying to plan a “Hallmark Christmas.” We’re then disappointed in ourselves when we don’t succeed.

Solution: Consider setting attainable holiday goals and don’t be so hard on yourself. This year when you list what you’re thankful for don’t forget to mention you.

More Mindful Health® Articles




Signs You May Have An Ulcer
It’s the most stressful time of the year. Most of us are managing holiday chaos...
Read More



Are You Having Trouble Sleeping?
Are you tossing and turning in your bed or taking too long to drift off...
Read More



Stress-Proof Your Holidays
The greatest challenge of the holiday season is staying balanced. From gift giving, parties, to...
Read More



Almonds Are a Superfood
It’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy some nutritious almonds. It’s the holiday season...
Read More



Emotional Eating Tips That Can Change Your Life
Do you eat more when you’re feeling stressed? Do you eat to feel better hoping...
Read More



How Serious are Your Holiday Blues?
The holiday season is about giving to others, but don’t forget that being kind to...
Read More



November is Mens Health Month
Did you know that November is Men’s Health Awareness Month? In an effort to raise...
Read More



Stress Is Shrinking Your Brain
Stress is Linked to Brain Shrinkage A recent stress and mental health study from the...
Read More



Can Pomegranates Improve Your Health?
Pomegranates–they not only taste delicious; they’re also packed with nutrients. Plus, there are many great pomegranate...
Read More



How to Avoid a Sugar Crash
How many pieces of Halloween candy did you eat yesterday? A couple of pieces? A...
Read More



Feeling Stressed? Eat Pumpkin Seeds!
Are you planning on decorating your home with pumpkins this holiday season? If you scoop...
Read More



Light Drinking Increases Your Death Risk
Just Two Daily Drinks Increases Your Risk of Death A new study from Washington University...
Read More



Fun Fall Activities That Improve Your Health
Today is the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of fall—a time for football and pumpkin...
Read More



Is Cranberry Juice the Fountain of Youth?
From juice and jelly to cookies and scones, you’ll probably be adding cranberries to some...
Read More



Organic, Natural Products Your Hair Will Love
From shampoos to hair gels, we use a lot of products to keep our hair...
Read More



Are Your Teens at Risk of Hypertension?
A study by the lead author, Dr. Kathleen Mullan Harris, a professor at the University of...
Read More



6 Top Indoor Plants That Reduce Stress
Looking for a way to liven up your house? Consider decorating with plants. They’re beautiful,...
Read More



Are You Suffering From Depression?
As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter it is usual to feel a...
Read More



Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Research Shows the Medicinal Properties of Cinnamon Scientists have long suspected that cinnamon has health...
Read More



Boost Your Mental Health
World Mental Health Day is October 10th, so it’s a good time to discuss our...
Read More



More Mindful Living Network Articles




Whipped Cream Pie
You may be wondering: what is the difference between whipped cream and whipping cream? Well,...
Read More



Avocado Dip
The avocado is often called “alligator pear,” which is very descriptive, as it tends to...
Read More



Easy, Healthy Mushroom Soup
Mushrooms can be very good for us, and who doesn’t like a hot, soothing bowl...
Read More



Easy Homemade Chocolate Truffles
A box of chocolate is always a sweet gift, but a box of  homemade chocolate...
Read More



7 Festive Hot Cocoas
Tired of the usual hot cocoa? Want something a bit different this holiday season? You...
Read More



Chocolate Pound Cake
Who doesn’t love chocolate cake? This made-from-scratch chocolate pound cake recipe is sure to please!...
Read More



Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Ginger Soup
Soup is a go-to meal in colder months. It’s easy to make, delicious, and healthy...
Read More



Cheesy Spinach Quiche
With the busy holidays, who has the time to make dinner? If you’re looking for...
Read More



Hot Artichoke Spread or Dip
This hot artichoke spread or dip recipe  is the perfect appetizer when you are stuck...
Read More



Corn Chowder Soup
Corn chowder is a thick cream-based soup or chowder. It is similar to New England clam chowder, with corn used...
Read More



Emotional Eating Tips That Can Change Your Life
Do you eat more when you’re feeling stressed? Do you eat to feel better hoping...
Read More



Spanish Garbanzo Bean Soup
This wonderful Spanish garbanzo bean soup is quick and easy to make and is a...
Read More



Quick and Healthy Shrimp Salad
This wonderful, healthy shrimp salad is quick and easy to make. The below recipe will...
Read More



Holiday Breakfast – Cheesy Spinach Quiche
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we are all preparing for that perfect family...
Read More



Cooking For Love – Sweet Potato Mash
Join Chef Kendrick Dopp on our new show Cooking for Love and try this simple and tasty sweet potato mash recipe....
Read More

Join the Mindful Living CommUNITY® online!