Holiday Blues (continued)

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seniors eating sm wmTwo days ago, our team at wrote a blog about the holiday blues and its possible causes. Today we would like to dive in a little deeper into the subject. The holiday blues or seasonal affective disorder affects about 14% of Americans, according to a paper published by the US National Library of Medicine. These feelings of sadness are incredibly challenging during the holiday season, which comes coupled with social pressures. These holiday blues are especially detrimental to seniors who are isolated or who suffer from chronic illnesses.
Symptoms of seasonal depression:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Constant rumination
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Sleepier than usual

The holiday blues can severely diminish the quality of life of seniors. If you are suffering from seasonal depression, know that you are not alone. There are ways to manage this onset of sadness without medication.
Ways seniors can manage the holiday blues:

  • Get a full night’s sleep
  • Do not overeat
  • Say no to overscheduling
  • Do something you enjoy
  • Rest after travel
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay active
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Give fewer gifts
  • Stay involved and volunteer

These blues typically go away a week or two after the holiday season and should not be confused with depression, which can be long-lasting. If your symptoms last longer than a few weeks, please contact a medical professional. Stay active and include your seniors for family activities. We hope all our seniors have a healthier holiday and that you find this information useful.
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