Now that the holidays are coming to an end, many welcome the end to the hustle and bustle. But once the decorations are packed away and the leftovers are secured in the freezer, the feelings of elation and can be replaced by feeling of deep sadness. Seniors often face pre- and post-holiday blues when friends and family go home, they are dealing with health issues, or they are on a fixed budget and have overspent on gifts. The holidays can also bring up feelings of loss and loneliness for a spouse or friends who have passed on. If it is a first holiday with loss, the pain will likely be worse.
Here are some ways to help your senior alleviate the post-holiday blues:
- Make a plan to learn something new over the winter like yoga or something new on a computer.
- Plan a getaway in February or March, especially to someplace warm.
- Consider slowly taking decorations down instead of all at once.
- Work with your family to create visible memories of the holiday season like photos and cards. Telling stories can also keep spirits up!
- Volunteering post-holidays can also be a fulfilling experience.
When It Is More Than The Holiday Blues
Sadness is normal, but how do you know when it is depression. Below are some symptoms to keep an eye out for.
- Significant loss or gain of weight
- Severe fatigue or loss of energy
- Inability to sleep or excessive sleeping
- Difficulty thinking or concentrating
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
If your loved one experiences any of the above feelings, seek the help of a doctor immediately.