Q. The holidays are coming and instead of feeling cheer, I feel exhausted and overwhelmed with a sense of dread. Can you give me some insight?
It’s called the Holiday Blues, and you’re not alone.
The condition can flow from many roots, with some of the more common ones being fatigue, unrealistic expectations, financial issues, and maybe the inability to be with loved ones. Then there’s shopping, parties and maybe houseguests for the holidays.
With all that, many can develop symptoms like headaches, drinking and eating too much, insomnia, anxiety and guilt.
Many are haunted by memories of holidays past, and their inability to reproduce those wonderful memories.
The fix: Be realistic about what you can really do, and forget about notions of shopping until you drop, partying all night long, and staying up late to wrap presents.