Can you believe that the holidays are already here? If you didn’t realize it because you’ve been in a fog, you’re not alone. 2020 has been anything but normal, and for those of us who have had to keep our distance from family and friends, times have been tough. The holidays, normally a time of cheer, could be bittersweet this year for some, as many are finding themselves already coping with the holiday blues in 2020.
Today, I want to touch on a serious subject that doesn’t get enough attention at this time of year: holiday depression, or, coping with the holiday blues. It’s not a pleasant thing to talk about, but I think many of us – or someone we know – will be going through it (or already are) as we say good-bye to 2020.
Yes, the Holidays are Here Already, and Coping With Those Holiday Blues in 2020 is Different Than in Past Years
As the holiday season starts with Thanksgiving (think pumpkin everything!) this week (although by the number of people already decorating Christmas trees, I’m guessing it is in full swing, and I’m just late to the party), I thought this was the perfect time to share some tips for coping with the holiday blues in 2020. Let me preface this post by pointing out that this is a general post about holiday depression during the holiday season, and I by no means want you to think I am here to provide medical advice. However, I am a Jewish mother, and by definition, that does qualify (insert chuckle), but I’m not a real doctor.
If you, a loved one, or family members feel the need for more support, even treatment for any depression – even postpartum depression – there are support groups that can suggest a program for you and provide additional information, as your particular situation may call for. There is sure to be a local clinic or rehab center that can offer assistance for something more serious than an affective disorder.