Is Christmas really over? Let’s talk about Christmas blues

The post-Christmas period can leave many of us feeling down in the dumps. Christmas is a magical time of year filled with joy and laughter, spending precious time with family and friends. Once boxing day ends, the excitement disappears, and for some, the post-Christmas blues start to kick in.

What are Christmas Blues?

‘Christmas Blues’ is a popular term used to describe the feeling of depression during the holiday season. Christmas Blues are particularly prevalent amongst those who live alone or have financial worries. Thankfully, there are ways to get your spirits back up after the festive period. Keep on reading to find out what you can do to tackle the Christmas blues. christmas-blue

How to beat Christmas blues?

Plan something:

A good way to alleviate that sad feeling is to plan something. Consider your budget and plan something reasonable such as planning a night out or book a weekend away somewhere nice. This should distract your mind from the Christmas blues and gives you something to look forward to in the new year.

Socialise:

Spending time with others can be a great mood booster. Surround yourself with those that love you, spend time watching a film or playing a board game. You could even make some friends by taking up a new hobby or joining a club, this will help grow your confidence and you’ll be going into the new year with more connections.

Get your finances in order:

The main cause of feeling blue after Christmas is worrying about money and looking at what damage has been caused over the festive season. Rather than worrying, it’s better to sit down, plan what your going to do and move forward. Don’t let your worries eat away at you. Sorting financial worries out earlier than later can help you move forward happier.

Go outdoors:

Although feeling blue is unlikely to put you in the mood to exercise, getting up and being active is actually one of the best things you can do. Take a walk in the fresh winter air to clear your mind. Getting regular exercise can help boost your serotonin levels. Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilises our mood.

Medication adherence:

It’s estimated that 50% of people on regular medication do not take their medication correctly as prescribed. Taking your medication on time is important for controlling chronic conditions, treating temporary conditions, and improving overall long-term health and well-being. If you manage multiple medications every day, you could get PillTime to pre-organise your medication for you. It saves the hassle of pre-sorting your medication yourself and helps you remember to take your medication on time every time.

When to see your GP?

If you experience regular feelings of depression during colder months, you may have seasonal affective disorder. If you think you have seasonal affective disorder or you’re struggling to cope, you should book an appointment with your GP who can carry out an assessment.

For more information about coping with seasonal affective disorder, check out our blog post www.pilltime.co.uk/blog/coping-sad/

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