- The most common symptoms of post-holiday blues are anxiety, irritability, fatigue, stress, and sadness.
- Post-holiday blues may occurs because of the heightened emotions around the holidays, both high and low.
- You can better cope with these feelings with regular exercise, time outside, therapy, and self-care.
With the excitement of the holidays over and the long, dreary, cold days ahead, feelings of sadness and loneliness can set in. The post-holiday blues are more common that one might initially think. In fact, a recent study showed the 3 in 5 Americans feel their mental health is made worse by the holidays.
While the utilization of psychiatric services goes down over the holidays, there’s a significant rebound effect right after the holidays according to a 2011 study. Here’s a look into everything to know about the post-holiday blues, including some tips on how to cope with this common phenomenon if it occurs in the New Year…
Signs of Post-Holiday Blues
The experience is similar to low-grade depression, also known as dysthymia, and is not normally long-lasting. Common signs and symptoms of the post-holiday blues include feeling:
- Sad or depressed