“Panic, Stress, Ain’t it the Best?”: Holiday Edition

By Celia Balderston

With holiday season approaching at an alarming rate, many are scrambling to decorate where they live, buy plane tickets, and prepare for each individual holiday. While many find this time of year joyful, the holidays are also riddled with anxiety, sometimes even seasonal depression.

Why are so many people depressed and anxious during such a jubilant time of year? Studies show that there are at least 5 key factors that play into this feeling of gloom: organizing/planning, finances, shopping for gifts, staying healthy, and traveling. This feeling of hopelessness during the holiday season is called “Holiday Blues.” The Holiday Blues are loosely defined as seasonal depression that falls during the holidays.

Like many people, I often become anxious and stressed during the holiday season. But for every stressful activity, there is an amazing opportunity to spend time with family and enjoy what is going on. To avoid the Holiday Blues, try following these tips:

  • Limit alcohol– Like many other substances, alcohol is addicting. If you are feeling down, it is best to stay away from depressants that lower your inhibitions.
  • Get plenty of sleep – it’s our body’s way of healing and resting. After first semester concludes, our whole being will be exhausted and over-worked. Use the time off to catch up on sleep.
  • Learn to avoid over-committing- Over-committing is dangerous because it happens very easily. As those who constantly live and work in a college environment, especially Loras College, we tend to sign up for too many things, work overtime, and stay up very late. If you can kick over-committing to the curb, you will cut toxic behaviors out of your life.
  • Be open to new experiences and those who celebrate other traditions- The world we live in is very diverse and unique. Even though Loras College has a student body that is highly Christian-concentrated, there are many other religions and traditions that may differ from what we normally celebrate. So, reach out to your friends and see what type of holiday traditions they partake in. You never know when you are going to discover something new!
  • Spend time with your loved ones- This point is pretty self-explanatory. Spending time with loved ones, usually, not only takes the edge off of life but it also gives many people a chance to catch up with those you have not seen for a while.
  • Frequently exercise and practice healthy habits- Just like any other time of the year, it is crucial to take care of your body by exercising regularly, eating right, being in a good frame of mind, sleeping, and being social. I know this is easier said than done, but it makes a huge difference in how you feel going into and throughout the holiday season.

Overall, take care of yourself. You are about to finish the semester! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the moment. Happy Holidays, Duhawks!

*All statistics and facts were read on healthline.com*

https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/holiday-blues#management

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Celia is a staff writer for The Lorian.

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