How To Fight Back Against The Holiday Blues


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) With the holiday's right around the corner, the "Holiday Blues" is a major part of the season.

And one part that effects almost all of us.

Joey Martin for Idaho's First News talks with a local expert and gives you a few tips to curb that seasonal sadness.

There are many things that can lead to holiday blues.

more commonly known as "SAD"... or seasonal affective disorder.

Factors such as lack of sunlight and lack of sleep are main attributing factors.

But also things like financial issues family obligations, the stress of shopping and loneliness all lead to seasonal depression.

Jeremy Royal with Saint Luke's Behavioral Health Services explains that seasonal sadness is something that can impact us all.

"Most of the research attaches it to sunlight. We have chemistry changes that occurs when we get access to sunlight... melatonin... neurotransmitter in your brain are affected a little bit and our sleep is affected by whether or not sunny outside when we get up in the morning.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, new year's... there's a lot of expectations to have money for Christmas... to meet with family over the holidays and a lot of those things build up into pressures we wouldn't have other time during the year."
Said Jeremy Royal, Head Therapist for Saint Luke’s Behavioral Health Services.

"For a few local residents, the way they deal with holiday stress is as varied as the causes."

"I just remember family... family is the best thing to remember. Just stick with them and you'll be alright."
Said local resident Tyler Van Holland

"well... the best thing I do is I plan ahead and I try to have it so I don't have to get out and caught in all of the mad holiday rushes and get my blood pressure up."
Said local resident Bonnie Dietrich.

Royal says there are a few simple tricks you can do to limit the amount of stress you feel during the holidays.

"Get decent sleep... that's major. If we don't sleep, we don't function well the next day. And then diet, you need to be eating right. There's a lot of carbs available during the holidays.
So again, eating healthy, you want to sleep well and get some exercise.
It's harder to get outside when it's cold... go to the gym... go swimming... but make sure that your doing the exercise you need to do."

Eliminating the blues and enjoying a very merry holiday season.

If you would like to learn more about how to fight back against holiday depression.

Here are a few links with useful tips to help curb that holiday sadness.

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