Experiencing intense joy and excitement with your family and your closest friends over the holiday season is commonly followed by varying degrees of disappointment, sadness, or feelings of emptiness once the holidays are over. These emotions are often referred to as “Post-Holiday Blues” and, for those in recovery, they can be especially triggering and difficult to work through.
Post-holiday blues can sneak up on you quite unexpectedly, making it difficult to prepare for them. Nevertheless, you can catch it early if you watch for the following common symptoms: fatigue, depression, mood swings, decreased physical activity, hopelessness, social withdrawal, and changes in eating habits. These and other symptoms can increase the urges and impulses that may lead you to relapse.
If you or a loved one is having post-holiday blues, it’s important to reach out for help and support. Getting support is crucial to help you work through these difficult feelings and will significantly reduce the chances of relapse.
Plug into a support group. Schedule extra therapy sessions. Focus on the routines and structure that best supports your life in recovery. Trust that this is something you can overcome and understand that you don’t have to do it alone.
Always make your recovery plan your number one priority! Take care of yourself by eating well, exercising and getting lots of sleep—before long you’ll be feeling healthier, stronger, and more confident.
We wish you a healthy and sober start to 2019!
EHN Canada Is Here to Support You
If you would like to learn more about the support programs offered by EHN Canada, or if you have any questions about addiction or mental health, please call us at one of the numbers below. Our phone lines are open 24/7—so you can call us anytime.
- 1-800-387-6198 for Bellwood Health Services in Toronto, ON
- 1-800-683-0111 for Edgewood Treatment Centre in Nanaimo, BC
- 1-888-488-2611 for Clinique Nouveau Depart in Montreal, QC
- 1-888-767-3955 for Whiterock EHN Canada in Surrey, BC