Imagine Christmas trees, snow, music and the cheers of family or friends visiting. The holidays are a time of celebration and togetherness. They are often a time to enjoy those around us and break from our busy schedules. Although these may be the things many of us experience for the holidays, for some of us, it is also a time of increased stress, depression and loneliness.
The holiday season also comes with extra stress. These stressors can be factors contributing to what has been named the “holiday blues.” According to the Mayo Clinic, the holiday season often brings unwelcome guests, stress and depression. The holidays give a multitude of demands, parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining. While some view these as a positive, others can become overwhelmed especially if the demands must be met alone.