I’m struggling right now. Had fun on both Thanksgiving and Christmas and a wonderful, quiet New Year’s Eve playing games with friends. I’ve read and heard many ideas how to keep the holiday blues away, but the holidays have never been a problem for me. In fact, I love Christmas. I struggle, as I am right now, with depression after the holidays.
Wanting to get past this I surfed the web and, unfortunately, found all suggestions unsatisfying. Here are some examples:
- Go post-holiday shopping
- Change careers
- Plant a tree
- Get a new perspective
- Take care of yourself
- Call a friend
- Give yourself an attitude transplant
The list goes on. None of these suggestions are helpful – some are damned condescending.
The funny thing is I’m extremely optimistic about the upcoming year. With all the life changing decisions I made over the past few months, I’m excited about 2015. I have every expectation that this is going to one helluva good year. One of my best, most likely. I just need to get through this horrendous start.
Happy New Year, Everyone!
6 comments on Post-Holiday Depression
Yeah, sometimes the only way is THROUGH it. Hope it passes soon for you. I’m wondering if mine will kick in now that the kids went back to school today. We shall see. I heard that 2 weeks of post holiday depression is the average norm for people without mental illness.
Oops. That is my comment up there.
My holiday depression was rather quickly alleviated on Jan. 1, when my new insurance kicked in with decent prescription coverage. I may even be able to afford Abilify!
On those days when I’m down I plaster a smile on my face and out to meet people. Strangers in a mall works best. By the time I get home I’m tired but better.
I’m in a bit of a slump myself. Exhausted. I just remind myself that this will pass. I will feel better and have more energy. As a practical suggestion, since you live in the South Bay (Los Angeles County), try a walk at the beach, some sun, some natural beauty. You may still drag, as I still do. But, when I look up at the Saddleback formation of the beautiful Santa Ana mountain range, I am reminded that beauty exists. I feel calmer, my spirits lift.
Hi Bradley. Happy New Year to you!!
We all handle these things differently, so I’m not much use to you with any real kind of advice, sorry! I’m really so happy to hear how positive you are about 2015. I wish you well with everything you chose to do. Huge hug from Down Under. Paula xxx