Parenting segment: Combating the holiday blues

Parenting segment: Combating the holiday blues

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -The holidays can be a balancing act that most people handle with ease.

With the extra added demands and pressure of shopping, parties, family obligations as well as house guests some might have feelings of anxiety and become overwhelmed.

" Some may not talk about it because they may feel guilty that they are not feeling good or might upset others during the holiday season," says Psychiatrist Dr. Yevgeniy Gelfand with Trident Medical Center.

Dr. Gelfand says the most typical sources of the holiday blues include: having unrealistic expectations, not being able to be with family and personal or financial stress.

“People feel pressure to spend a lot of money and get the perfect present which can put a lot of pressure on them. The sentiment is important and even if its not expensive or spectacular the spirit of the holiday is knowing one another and connecting and you don’t have to spend a lot of money on that,” Dr. Gelfand says.

If a person in your life is feeling the blues Dr. Gelfand says there are signs to look out for: being distant and less outgoing, having problems sleeping, also if that person is Excessively drinking and over eating specifically during the season.

" It’s a very common thing that happens and talking and understanding the issues is a good start. Making it feel like its ok to feel this way and alerting people to the way you feel is a good start," Dr. Gelfand says.

Dr. Gelfand says its important for those dealing with the holiday blues to acknowledge your feelings.

If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones during the season, he says reach out to local social organizations or a church and make sure to talk to someone.

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