Healthwatch: Holiday Blues

Healthwatch: Holiday Blues

If you listen to the carol, the holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.

For some people, this time is anything but...

"When you're little, it's easy. You wait for Santa to show up, and you're good. As we get older, we have more responsibilities," said Greg Brostad.

And those responsibilities can lead to feeling overwhelmed or stressed, making the holidays anything but merry.

"It's a time for rejoicing and reflecting on positive things in our life, but it is also a time that many of us reflect on things that haven't gone well," said Brostad.

Greg Brostad is the manager of Mercy's Behavioral Health Pathways program, and says there are times where the holiday blues may be inevitable, but it doesn't have to lead to a blue Christmas.

"At some point in time, everybody's going to feel some sadness, some feelings of loneliness, some frustrations with everything, so it's natural to feel that, however we don't have to let that consume us and be part of our holidays."

Brostad says to combat that, focus on things to be greatful for, and make things easier if you can.

Brostad stated, "When it comes to traditions, ask yourself if I'm being realistic with my expectations for the holidays. For shopping, simplify it. Start early... ask people what they want. That makes it easier. That way you don't have to scour the earth for the perfect gift. And stay within your financial budget."

By following this advice, we can all spread good holiday cheer this season.

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