When most people think about the holiday season they’re filled with joy and celebration. However, for some stress has become synonymous with the holidays more commonly named the holiday blues.
According to a survey by American Psychological Association, a majority of participants reported feelings of happiness, love and high spirits over the holidays, but these emotions were often accompanied by feelings of fatigue, irritability, bloating and sadness.
Additionally, 38% of participants who experience the holiday blues said their stress level increased during the holiday season. The top stressors included lack of time, lack of money, commercialism, the pressures of gift-giving and family gatherings. Surprisingly, 56% of respondents reported they experienced the most amount of stress at work. Only 29% experienced greater amounts of stress at home.
The National Alliance on Mental Health also conducted a survey on the topic. Here are some of the top key points:
After facing almost two years or uncertainty and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s likely more people will experience this phenomenon and your facility is suited to lend them a hand. For example, aerobic exercise — including jogging, swimming, cycling, walking, gardening and dancing — has been proven to reduce anxiety and depression and can be very beneficial for those who are experiencing the holiday blues.
These are just three examples of ways you can serve more people in your community who may be enduring the holiday blues this winter. Is your facility doing anything special? If so let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.