Festive and Pre-Spring Blues

Festive and Pre-Spring Blues

Festive and Pre-Spring ‘Blues’ The Christmas and New Year festive season can be a time of happiness celebration and reconnection with family members but for some, it can also be a time of stress, sadness or loneliness.  Even those who are usually content can experience a lack of fulfillment at this time. It can feel isolating, and those feelings of isolation can make the festive ‘blues’ feel worse. Christmas has passed and we are into a new year now but spring and the longer, lighter days seem a long way away and for many people, this time of year can also be difficult. Festive and pre-spring ‘blues’ feel very similar to mild depression but it is important to know that it doesn’t necessarily meet the criteria for a depression diagnosis because the symptoms generally don’t last long enough or are as severe. Typical symptoms of the festive/pre-spring ‘blues’ might include: Anxiety and agitation Inability to concentrate Appetite changes – eating more or little Headaches Sleep problems (too much or too little) Irrational feelings of guilt Decreased interest in sex, work or hobbies, family and friends Often, the feelings associated with the festive/pre-spring ‘blues’ can be a response to an interruption in normal schedules and routines that bring most people comfort.  This can leave them feeling out of balance and out of control. Ways to beat the festive/pre-spring ‘blues’: Good self care i.e. eating regular meals – healthy nutritious food, exercising regularly (even walking is good) and getting plenty of rest and relaxation Often, during the festive and pre-spring period, people get depressed because they are disconnected from their family...