The holiday season is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year but it can also have the opposite effect.
"So, "Holiday Blues" are pretty common and related to the fact that you're not able to celebrate the way you'd like to and you're reminded of losses that happened around the holiday season and they pass when the holidays pass," said Michael McKee with the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. McKee says there are numerous reasons people get depressed around the holidays. Grief and loneliness are very common causes.
Dr. McKee says writing down that’s good in your life will help to change your thinking and your outlook.
"There are studies that show that that actually helps. If you're having trouble counting them, write them down. At the end of each day, before you go to bed, write down 3 good things that have happened to you that day and write down one person you're grateful for having in your life."
Connecting with others have experienced loss is another way to help ease the pain this time of year. That’s why the AARP Grief and Loss Program and Emerald Coast Hospice have put together the “Hope for the Holidays” luncheon. Emerald Coast Hospice Chaplain Craig Brannon and Linda Burman with the AARP joined Meredith in studio with more on the event and tips for coping with loss.
The luncheon is Friday, December 14th at 11:30 at the St Andrews Civic Club on the corner of 10th Street and Chestnut Avenue. It is free of charge but you do need to reserve a seat by calling 763-2681.