Yesterday I published last year’s holiday blues piece. Here is this year’s …
For highly-sensitive folks and people predisposed to sadness, the holidays create a perfect storm for depression. There’s the added stress of holiday shopping, decorating, and parties — not to mention dealing with strained family relations; snowball and gingerbread cookies seem to stalk you; and a sense of forced merriment has a way of making you feel like a total loser if you change the radio station when “Jingle Bells” comes on. According to research posted by the American Psychological Association, two-thirds of people said they felt stressed and fatigued during the holidays. Half said they felt irritable, and one-third felt sad. So even though you may feel like the only one struggling this time of year — especially after opening all of your holiday cards — you’re hardly alone.
Every year, I write one of these pieces on how to get through the holidays. And every year my advice changes, because I’m always in a different place where I need new tools.
Here’s this year’s list of ideas on how to maintain your sanity during the “most wonderful time of the year.”