Help for the Holiday Blues

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

So it’s Thanksgiving…and Christmas is right around the corner. Somehow, Scrooge comes to mind. Not everyone has a wonderful, loving and supportive family. Then again, some folks have no family at all.

Being alone for whatever reason can make the holidays really tough to get through. I can recall hearing people say they hate Christmas and can’t wait until the holidays are over. If you have recently separated from a significant other, lost someone you love, or find yourself dealing with a lot of stress at this time of year, it can be hard to feel jubilant and joyful.

Sometimes we think everyone else in the world has a wonderful life, money and friends. That can just deepen the sense of isolation and gloom around the holidays. Know that you are not alone!

There is a mental health support group available now at Madison Valley Hospital in Ennis on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. If this is not something you feel up for, do not despair. There are other ways to help when the holiday blues set in.

Listen to music! Get inspired or rock out!

Get up and go for a walk if you can. Walking triggers endorphins that are natural pain relievers! Taking in nature and being outdoors can really help lift your mood. Use the time outside as a meditation. Focus on your 5 senses, one at a time. What do you smell? Hear? Taste? See? How does the air feel on your face? Walking for 30 minutes, 3 times a week can improve your memory! Consider doing something else outside such as fishing or taking a hike. Until December, take bear spray if you plan to do any hiking. Be sure to bundle up!

Finding a really good book can be a great escape from all the holiday noise. Or, you can write a letter. In this time of electronic communication, a letter to a brother or sister, parent or friend can be a wonderful surprise. Writing down your ideas and thoughts can also be really helpful.