Are you feeling more sad and darker than merry and bright this holiday season? You are not alone.

The holiday season is a time when people around the world take a break from their busy lives to spend time with loved ones. However, not everyone has a positive experience during this time. Some people experience feelings of sadness or negativity, commonly referred to as the “Holiday Blues.”

During the cold winter months, feelings of sadness, loneliness, and depression may become more intense. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 64% of people with a mental health condition report that their symptoms worsen during the holiday season.

There are several reasons why some people might experience the holiday blues. It’s essential to understand that feeling down during the festive season is entirely normal, and there is nothing wrong with you if you are experiencing it. Here are some of the reasons why you or your friends might be feeling a little blue:
• High or unrealistic holiday expectations
• Loneliness, isolation, and grief
• Financial stress, worrying about affording gifts on top of rent
• Difficult relationships with your family
• Rumination and over-critical self-reflection
• Overwhelming feelings of failure

If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, please reach out to the Wholistic Health & Wellness Program’s Mental Health Services at (613) 575-2341 ext. 3115.

You deserve to enjoy the holidays with less stress and more present, positive moments. Don’t be afraid to switch things up to protect your peace. Happy holidays!