I really love the holiday season and when I wake up on New Year's Day, I feel a little sad. The post-holidays makes me think about snowy weather...when the snow first falls, it is sparkling, clean, and evokes bright-eyed, smiling faces. But, by the next day it is dirty and we are all fed up with it! The post-holidays are just like the day-old snow. Overnight, the twinkling lights are gone from homes and stores; the parties are over; grumpy people are returning unwanted gifts; and it's back to school and work.
I know I'm not alone. Many people feel a bit empty after the holidays. We miss the celebrations, gift-wrap and a two-month long excuse to cheat on our diets. Now, the fun is over! In fact, even children may experience a post-holiday let-down. These feelings are normal and expected. However, if they linger, or if they feel worse than just a tiny bump in the road, you may need to reach out for support. In fact, post-holiday blues that stick around or even get worse, may be a sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder (a type of depression that typically occurs in winter) or any other type of depression or anxiety. It is important not to ignore these feelings (in yourself or your child) because they may get worse, rather than better. Therefore, below are the five signals that could be an indication that post-holiday-blues are something deeper.
It is very important to seek help for sad or depressed feelings that interfere with your life in a way that is more than just a little bit of post-holiday-blues. The right help will get you back on track and back to feeling like yourself so that you can start shopping for the next holiday season!
Dr. Susan Bartell is America's #1 family psychologist. Her latest parenting book is The Top 50 Questions Kids Ask. You can learn more about her at www.drsusanbartell.com
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