Do You Have the Post-Holiday Blues?

By: Lauren Garber Email
By: Lauren Garber Email

The holidays are over, and people headed back to work on Monday. But that doesn't mean they're happy about it.

"I'm feeling like I'd rather be back home still," said Jim Baldwin, who was headed back to work after a week of vacation.

"I'm kind of dreading it," said Carol Chiappetta, who was also headed back to work Monday.

Now that it's time to get back to the grind, some people say they have the post-holiday blues.

"By the way my office is today, I'd say that most everybody is suffering from that," said Baldwin.

"Everybody's kind of tired, or ho-hum type thing," said Chiappetta.

Local Clinical Psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitiz had one of his busiest days in awhile on Monday. He says a lot of his patients are suffering from that after-the-holidays feeling.

"There's no real diagnosis, but it's sort of the let down after the build up," said Dr. Hinitz. "The holidays themselves offer a break from whatever stresses, whatever breaks, whatever pressures people are feeling."

But now that they're over, the pressure is back on.

"It's like a typical Monday, but even more so because I have more work to do when I get back to work," said Baldwin.

Another issue - there aren't any days off from work in the near future to look forward to.

"You get so used to having the days off, now there's no days to look forward to," said Chiappetta.

But don't fear, there are some ways you can keep from getting the post-holiday blues.

"Stop waiting for special events, special days, times of year to have that phone call to a loved one, or to say lets just orchestrate our own. Make sure we get together for lunch or family gathering, or making contact," said Dr. Hinitz.

Some more good news: it doesn't affect everyone.

"We've already taken down our Christmas decorations, kind of moving on to the beginning of the new year and looking forward," said David Osterhage, who said he's ready to head back to work.


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