In the case of a normal holiday season some people get a bit blue once it’s all over, but the 2020 holidays may have made those blues even worse this year. Dr. Desreen Dudley is a licensed clinical psychologist and explains, “Post-holiday blues are negative mood changes that set in after the common buildup of intense and high emotion and activity of shopping, planning and overall excitement of the holidays.”
He adds that re-adjusting to normal life can be tough, especially following 2020’s socially-distanced holidays which could’ve included feelings of grief. Signs you might be feeling the post-holiday blues include sadness, low-energy, difficult concentrating, difficulty sleeping, low motivation, worry, stress, and more. Children and adults can experience this, and Dudley says we can alleviate the feelings by planning post-holiday activities or something to look forward to, or even taking some time off work instead of jumping right back in can help. Usually, post-holiday blues go away after you’ve readjusted to your typical day-to-day life, but if the feelings become more permanent, or even just overwhelming you should consider utilizing a telehealth service to talk to a mental health professional.