The ‘New Year Blues’ is a term commonly associated with an emotionally low period that many experience as they approach a new year, and while the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one is a positive and happy time for many, it isn’t that way for millions of others. In fact, it’s common for many of us to experience feelings of dread, depression, anxiety and nervousness as January heads our way, and this often continues well into the new year.
Recognizing the symptoms and triggers of post-holiday blues is essential if you’re to take positive steps towards eliminating them:
Classic symptoms of post-holiday blues:
It’s important to note that while the term ‘blues’ is often banded around, for many who suffer from clinically diagnosed mental health conditions, their symptoms can be very serious and are much more than simply feeling down or sad as a year ends and a new one approaches. For those individuals, while some of these steps might help them, they may require further help and intervention from a mental health professional.
Some typical triggers as the festive period draws to a close include worries about the future, worries about the previous year coupled with feelings of inadequacy or of having under-achieved, and even weight gain. Combine these and you may be feeling sad, low, angry or frustrated as January looms over you, and you’ll need to take action to prevent these emotions from controlling your everyday life and enveloping you in a blanket of misery.
What can you do to treat these blues?
Recognizing and accepting your emotional state is perhaps the most important step towards overcoming the blues associated with the beginning of a new year. If you don’t think you have a problem or are in denial, then you’re not likely to take any steps to help yourself, and if you refuse to accept how you’re feeling, you’ll also refuse to accept that you need to do anything to change it.
Once you’ve recognized and accepted that you might need to make some changes to aid your mood and mindset at this time of year, you can begin by exploring small changes to your lifestyle: exercise, diet, time to renew and rejuvenate can all be important building blocks to better days ahead.
Taking regular exercise, eating healthily and meditating, are 3 positive steps that you can take towards entering the new year in a better frame of mind, and if you feel you have some physical or mental health issues that need professional intervention, then make an appointment with your local counselor.
While you’re taking more exercise and eating a balanced diet, try not to focus on any failures from the previous year, whether real or perceived, and instead try to evaluate things based upon why they happened and look for manageable solutions that help create a brighter future.
Vocalizing your thoughts and feelings is vital for a healthy mind, and often, once the mind is in a better condition, the physical state improves, too. So, never be afraid to talk about what’s going on in your mind, and once you do so, you’ll be able to focus on tackling the new year with gusto, and even setting yourself some achievable but rewarding building blocks for the months to come.