USA Today: Four Tips From Mental Health Experts On Beating Holiday Blues

Posted 12/13/2017

Phillip Bock, USA Today

While songs of joy permeate the air and uplifting tales of love and spirit dance across television screens, for many the reality of the holidays is much less cheerful.

Financial pressures, unrealistic expectations, family dysfunction and short days all can lead to seasonal holiday depression dubbed the "Holiday Blues." 

A 2004 survey by the American Psychological Association found that one in five Americans worried holiday stress could affect their physical health. Another survey found that half of all women in the United States experience heightened stress during the holidays.

“Temporary anxiety, especially during the holidays, can be associated with the extra stress, unrealistic expectations, and memories that may accompany the season,” said Kate Baer, director of Mental Health America in Sheboygan. "This cheer and joy is not truly reality to who we are as human beings. There should be acceptance that it’s OK to feel lonely, sadness and frustration.”

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