What Is Post-holiday Blues? Sadness After The Long Vacation

RediksiaWednesday, 3 January 2024 | 03:00 GMT+0000
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DIKSIA.COM - Knowing what post-holiday blues is can be the first step towards a solution.

In short, post-holiday blues are usually felt when someone has had a long vacation, such as the end of the year vacation.

“Post-holiday blues is the sadness we feel after the holiday season ends,” said Boston, US-based psychotherapist Angela Flicken, LICSW, as quoted by Healthline.

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For the record: This article is for reference only. Seek help from a doctor or specialist if you feel that what you are experiencing is affecting your daily activities.

What is post-holiday blues?

Post-holiday blues usually refers to the mental stress, anxiety, and sadness that occurs after the holidays.

Quoted from Very Well Mind: This feeling of sadness is relatively common, especially after experiencing all the excitement of the holidays and having to return to a “normal” situation after a while.

For some people, this experience may only occur for a short time. However, for others, it can cause a persistent feeling of sadness and interfere with daily activities, such as increasing emotions.

In a study titled “The Effect of Christmas on Psychopathology,” researchers initiated a literature study from 1980 to the present that included studies in the United States and several other countries.

They then searched for the terms “Christmas,” “suicide,” “depression,” “psychiatric disorders,” and “self-harm behavior.”

They found a decrease in overall use of emergency psychiatric services and patient admissions, self-harm behavior and attempted or completed suicide during the holidays.

However, it was noted that there was an increase after the Christmas holidays.

Another systematic review of 25 studies conducted in 2022 also found that psychiatric hospitalizations were lower at Christmas and other holidays than at other times of the year.

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According to Field Trip psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Brain Fog Fix,” Mike Dow said that the post-holiday blues can be triggered by several things, including: