One of the truisms you hear is how depressing the holidays can be. However, you may not realize how depressing they can be once they have ended.
For many seniors, the fun and excitement of reconnecting during the holidays can be followed by the “post-holiday blues” when January 2nd rolls around. After seeing family and friends, seniors sometimes end up feeling lonelier and more apprehensive after the holidays are over.
Here are a few ways that seniors can avoid this feeling and start the New Year with a positive attitude:
- Be proactive — One of the joys of the holidays is reconnecting with family and friends. The holiday meals and gatherings are what make the time of year special. If you fear that you won’t have these connections once the holiday is over, then you should consider being proactive. Call or schedule calls with family and friends. Send emails or social media messages. Do whatever you can to stay in touch with those you love and care for.
- Get a check-up — Most seniors spend time worrying about their health as it starts to fade. Once again, take charge of this and start the year off with a check-up. Talk to your doctor about all of your medical concerns—especially emotional concerns such as depression. This way, you can start the year off with a fresh slate and less worry.
- Set goals for yourself — One aspect that makes the New Year so great is all the new possibilities that lay ahead. Make a goal to learn how to do something this year. (You are never too old to learn something new.) It can be anything from learning how to use social media or trying a new cooking style for the first time. But make a goal to try to step out of your comfort zone and you will surprise yourself.
Combating post-holiday depression is a serious issue, especially for seniors. In order to do this, it is important to set goals for yourself in terms of communication, health, and personal growth.