Holidays in the Lehigh Valley and elsewhere are traditionally — and just about mandatory — times of togetherness, joy, and connections. Nobody likes to be a downer at times like these, but the fact is that not everyone enjoys a Norman Rockwell / Hallmark holiday season. Even if the days bring great frivolity, there is always the day after, and that can lead to post-holiday blues.
Feeling blue after the last “Goodbye” is not unusual, especially for seniors and caregivers. Because seniors may not be as active as younger friends and family members, and are often far away from loved ones or unable to get out much, they are prone to feeling let down once the excitement is over. Such sadness can have long-lasting health consequences, both physically and mentally. Preparing for feelings can help lessen the sadness or keep it at bay entirely. Even the action of making plans can be an emotional boost, as can staying connected with loved ones.