|Dealing with the Holiday Blues|
|Tuesday, December 07, 2010|
It may be the "season to be jolly," but for many people, the holidays don't leave them feeling all that cheery. In fact, for many people, this time of year is a time of sadness, intense self-reflection, and anxiety.
According to Mental Health America, many factors can cause the "holiday blues:" stress, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, financial constraints, and the inability to be with one's family and friends. The "holiday blues" can result in everything from headaches to excessive eating and drinking, to trouble sleeping – or just generally feeling "down."
People who have lost a loved one, even years before, often experience a sense of loss most acutely around the holidays. Kennedy University Hospital offers a confidential bereavement support group at its three hospitals in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, NJ, to offer support to those grieving a loss. These support groups meet at the following times and locations:
All are welcome and pre-registration is not necessary.
If you are dealing with the "holiday blues," there are ways you can help yourself get through the season easier.
While the so-called "holiday blues" can bring about thoughts or feelings may be associated with those of clinical depression, they tend to be short-lived and brought on by the expectations we have set up surrounding the holiday season, according to Russell Micoli, Kennedy's Corporate Director of Behavioral Health Services. Feeling depressed or 'down' is not an immediate cause for concern; however, if you find that these feelings are negatively impacting your day-to-day activities, speaking with a trained professional can be very helpful and reassuring. Support groups can also be very beneficial. Kennedy's Behavioral Health Services provides a full range of mental health and substance programs. For more information, please call 1-800-528-3425.