Seniors May Need Help Overcoming Holiday Blues
The holidays can be a challenging time for our clients, but also a great opportunity for families and neighbors to observe behavior.
A recent HealthDay News article offers some sound advice:
- Get out and socialize or invite family and friends over. Those who find it hard to get around should ask relatives and others for help traveling to parties and events.
- Volunteering can help improve mood. Contact the United Way or call local schools or religious organizations to ask about opportunities nearby.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol because it can actually lower your spirits.
- Accept the fact that many people feel blue during the holidays and there is nothing wrong with not being “merry.”
- Talking to someone about your feelings may help you understand the reasons why you feel sad.
- Watch for warning signs of depression. While holiday blues are temporary and mild, depression is more serious. Signs of depression include: persistent sadness; lack of interest; frequent crying; changes in appetite, weight or sleep; constant feelings of fatigue, restlessness, worthlessness, or guilt; suicidal thoughts.
- If you’re depressed, contact your health-care provider. Depression is treatable.