Tips for Handling the Holiday Blues

Tips for Handling the Holiday Blues

  • Posted Nov 28, 2017
  • hchadmin

Making time for social events, cooking, shopping and entertaining, all while doing our best to care for ourselves and our families – the holidays are a busy time for many. Even “decking the halls” can be stressful!

While the holiday season can be a light-hearted time full of joy and good cheer, the hustle and bustle, and the stress that comes along with it, can lead to a dark period of anxiety, loneliness and regret for some.


As we go through this season, Holy Cross Hospital would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to care for yourself, and your loved ones, by reminding you of the importance of preventive care, including embracing a healthy spirit.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers the following tips on how to help make the season brighter: 

• Stick to normal routines as much as possible.

• Get enough sleep.

• Take time for yourself, but don't isolate yourself. Spend time with supportive, caring people.

• Eat and drink in moderation. Don't drink alcohol if you are feeling down.

• Get exercise, even if it's only taking a short walk.

• Make a to-do list. Keep things simple.

• Set reasonable expectations and goals for holiday activities such as shopping, cooking, entertaining, attending parties or sending holiday cards.

• Set a budget for holiday activities. Don’t overextend yourself financially in buying presents.

• Listen to music or find other ways to relax. 

You can also make an appointment with your primary care physician (PCP), who can help coordinate your care and refer you to a specialist, if needed. If you don’t have a PCP, visit your insurance carrier’s website, look for the “find a doctor” area and follow the instructions.

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