Connect with others to beat the holiday blues

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Shari Lopatin
TriWest Healthcare Alliance

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PHOENIX — Ever wonder why you sometimes feel down during the holiday season?

According to Mental Health America, formerly the National Mental Health Association, many factors can cause the holiday blues, like stress, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, financial constraints and the inability to be with family or friends.

That final point can be especially taxing for military families, as the military lifestyle is mobile and sometimes unpredictable.

TriWest launched a discussion board on its Facebook page asking visitors how they beat the holiday blues. The discussion gives service members and their families a place to connect with and share how they get through their biggest stressors during the holidays.

Additionally, behavioral health specialists will periodically monitor the discussion and may interject some general advice if the opportunity arises.

Mental Health America offers some good advice on how to deal with the holiday blues. For example, keep holiday expectations manageable and set realistic goals. Also, spread out activities and don’t concentrate all holiday sentiment on just one day.

The organization suggests doing something for someone else, such a volunteering your time.

For those who are financially strapped, enjoy low-cost or free activities, such as driving around and looking at Christmas lights.

Most of all, the site encourages you to save time for yourself and to share the responsibility of entertaining with others.

Don’t do the holidays all alone.

To join the discussion, log into your personal Facebook account and “Like” TriWest’s Facebook page at Click the “discussions” tab, then click the “holiday blues” discussion and post your thoughts.


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