The holidays are usually viewed as a time of happiness and rejoicing, but for some of us, it can be a period of painful reflection, sadness, loneliness, anxiety, and depression.
Emotions and feelings of sadness that last throughout the holiday season, usually from November through December, are often referred to as the Holiday Blues.
While less serious than clinical depression, these waves of emotions can have a major impact on your ability to function normally during this time of year.
Even people who love the holidays can experience the Blues during this busy season. The holidays are often a time of high emotion and demands, which can leave a lot of people feeling stressed and exhausted.
The Holiday Blues bubble up emotions trapped from deep inside, but they are likely to have different effects on your life than you might think.
Some outward expressions of trapped emotions may surprise you to find out you may be suffering from the Holiday Blues.  Not sure if it’s you? Here are five signs you may be suffering from the Holiday Blues:

5 Signs of the Holiday Blues

#1. Overeating

During the holidays, we are making all sorts of buttery, sugary, rich dishes and desserts – and there is no harm in indulging. BUT, if you find yourself eating all day or binging at night, then something emotional is probably going on.

# 2. Procrastination

You are procrastinating about shopping and accomplishing your holiday to-do list. If you find yourself saying, “I just can’t do it today”, every day – then you are headed for the Blues. You are attempting to avoid all blatant reminders of the holidays – and shopping for presents is a big one. Emotional trauma is the root cause for feeling like this.

# 3. Drowning

You feel overscheduled, like you’re drowning in the hustle and bustle. In a mad dash to the stores, to relatives, to the bank, to your children’s holiday celebrations. Planning, prepping, cooking, decorating, wrapping, it’s all feeling like too much! You are headed for a big stress meltdown, which can lead to a chronic case of the Blues.

#4. Emotional

Is every rendition of Silent Night making you cry your eyes out? All these holiday songs and television commercials are driving you crazy because they are bringing up something nostalgic or something painful about the holidays. You’d rather keep it pushed down inside, but something about the holiday music, a certain movie, or even looking at a certain decoration causes the emotional response to bubble up to the surface. Whether it’s a deceased relative that won’t be there with you this year or a reminder of the first Christmas after your divorce or your parents’ divorce – that low feeling is a sign of emotional imbalance.

#5. Why Bother?

You are asking yourself – what is the point of decorating this year? Something has you down about this holiday season, and you don’t really see the point of doing anything to celebrate it. You may be lonely this year. You may be in a bad financial situation. You may have lost a loved one. Maybe you didn’t have the child you expected you would have by now. Whatever the case, you will scream if you see one more house with Rudolph on the lawn.

Rid Yourself of the Holiday Blues!

Remember that holiday blues are just feelings of depression that exist during specific times and are often related to what the holiday means or meant to you at one point.

These Blues usually subside after the season passes, and even earlier if you work on ridding yourself of them!

One way to help rid yourself of these Blues is to have an Emotional Release Therapy session done. An Emotional Release Therapy session will identify specific emotions that are causing your feeling of sadness during the season.

I am an Emotional Release Therapy practitioner, and I help my clients with clearing trapped emotions and imbalances that cause these types of feelings, so you can take control of your holidays and your happiness again!

This season, I am offering a special gift to all new first-time clients!  When you schedule your initial session with me, you’ll receive my Happy for the Holidays essential oil roll-on!


This blend helps to balance negative emotions and stress response, and is a great pairing to your Emotional Release Therapy session. It’s a $20 value, and think of it as a Christmas gift from me to you!

Take back your happy holidays! It’s possible, and it’s not hard!

To schedule your Emotional Release Therapy session, schedule online or call Brittany Mabe at 336-288-4677.

Brittany Mabe, CECP, CBCP
Written by Brittany Mabe, CECP, CBCP, Emotional Release Therapy practitioner at Triad Health Center.  Brittany holds special certifications in The Emotion Code and The Body Code.  She is currently accepting new clients.  Learn more about Emotional Release Therapy or schedule your appointment with her through our online scheduler.

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