Discover ways to help kids get through the holidays without experiencing depression.
During the holidays, a variety of factors can contribute to holiday blues. While this may not sound serious, holiday blues can be a sign of depression. It’s important to do what you can to recognize and alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety and depression during the holiday season. Factors that may contribute to these feelings include unreasonable expectations, financial issues, and family issues such as divorce and grief. While these issues are more commonly known to face adults, they can also affect kids. Help your children get through holiday blues.
Talk to your kids
Let your children know that it’s completely normal to have negative feelings during the holidays. It’s natural to have moments of depression or feelings of being let-down or even angry. It’s better to recognize and allow for these emotions than to ignore them. Share the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Getting cooped up inside and having less exposure to sunlight can contribute to holiday blues. Do what you can to keep your kids active, whether that means facing the cold to play outdoors or visiting somewhere the kids can play inside, such as a climbing gym or indoor playground.
If your family has lost a loved one recently, be sure to acknowledge that grief over the holidays. During times of tradition and celebration, that loss may be felt most keenly, especially by children. It may be a good time to visit a memorial or adopt a new tradition to honor your lost loved one.
Set reasonable expectations
While you certainly don’t want to dampen holiday joy and excitement, it’s also important to set reasonable expectations when it comes to activities and gifts. It’s also important to gently acknowledge the return to normalcy after the holidays and the ways that it can be disappointing to get back into regular routines.