Holiday Blues


It’s that time of year again. Lists are being written, presents are being bought, and everyone’s on their best behavior. But how does everyone actually feel during this hectic time of year? It’s so easy to get caught up in the holiday chaos. After all, there is so much to do. While some people may find the holiday season to be the happiest time of year, others can become overwhelmed with mountains of work.

Students at L-S fall into both categories. “This is my favorite time of the year,” states one student. “I love seeing family, exchanging gifts, and having a break from school.” However, others feel that the demands in the weeks prior to winter break are too hard to handle. “ I can’t wait for a break, but I have so much to do until then,” another student comments.

Although this time of year is typically associated with excitement, many students can become anxious around the holidays. It’s normal to feel the stress of gift-giving, social obligations, and an excessive amount of unfinished school work. However, the holiday season can be enjoyed, so here are a few tips on how to destress:

  • Watch your favorite holiday movie.
  • Go on a walk (take a friend, family member, or pet)
  • Bake some festive cookies. We all have that favorite holiday treat that only comes around once a year, so eat as many as you can!
  • Stay active! Play your favorite sport.
  • Get your homework done so that you can have the weekend off from school.
  • Sleep! I know you might have a big test tomorrow or you have to stay up to watch the Patriots football game, but you need sleep, and around 8-9 hours is ideal.
  • Unwind by taking a break from social media and reading a book or listening to music.
  • Do something charitable. There are so many kids at this time of year who aren’t as fortunate. Whether it’s in your community or somewhere around the world, you can always find a way to give back.
  • Finally, focus on the positive. Sometimes it may not feel like it, but you have so much to be thankful for! Friends, family, etc. By focusing on the positive, your holiday blues will disappear.

It is important to remember that no matter how stressful the holiday season can get, there is always something you can do to improve your mental health. Prioritize it, and you will be able to find more holiday cheer.