Feeling the Holiday Blues? Tips for Managing Stress and Sadness

Feeling the Holiday Blues? Tips for Managing Stress and Sadness


While many of us are excited and filled with
joy this time of year, for others the holidays can bring that anxiety and even sadness. Theo Hayes spoke with shoppers and a doctor
and has more on how to handle the holiday blues. Black Friday is the official start to the
holiday shopping season and many shoppers will tell you theres a lot to get done. To feel fully prepared is what society tells
you. You have to get gifts for everybody and you
have to have a good meal and decorate the house. And with that long list of to do’s can come
stress. Yes, it can be overwhelming, especially for
a broke college student such as myself. You have to prep, prep, and over prep. Summer time is my prep season. The holidays are synonymous with family and
whether it’s getting along at the dinner table or missing those who’ve passed on, for many
it can also bring on bouts of depression. I lost my wife about 10 years ago and I think
about her all the time. Around this time we used to have great times
together and that’s why I feel depressed. Dr. Elias Shaya is the regional medical director
for behavioral health at MedStar north and says sadness, anxiety, and stress this time
of year are common. The holidays are supposed to be a time of
joy, a time of pleasure, and a time of togetherness; and for some of us it ends up being over-scheduled
and being running in all directions and even financial burdens or financial responsibility,
and sometimes we may even lose the spirit of the holiday, make it a little too commercial
and it becomes all about stress and pressure. No matter what it is your going through, Dr.
Shaya says you have to find a way to manage it. He says alcohol typically makes things worse
and that it’s important to exercise, and watch your diet this time of year. Make sure you are getting sunlight and plenty
of rest. Gather with loved ones, don’t isolate, that
could be a sign things are getting too tough. I just want to be by myself, I don’t feel
like eating, I don’t feel like showering, I don’t feel like doing the basic things that
I’ve always done without much effort, then it’s becoming a serious problem. A problem that could mean it’s more than just
the holiday blues and it’s time to see a specialist. Theo Hayes WBAL-TV 11 News.

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