Four simple steps to beating the holiday blues

Story highlights

  • With an emphasis on family and celebration, some people can feel down
  • Hiding out doesn't help; force yourself to mix and mingle with a small group of friends
  • Avoid Facebook, hit the gym, volunteer and remember you are in charge of you

Samantha Gattsek's family has never made a big deal out of holiday celebrations. But this year, she feels especially disconnected from the seasonal cheer surrounding her.

"The holidays can feel like a lonely time of year, and it's hard to hear about everyone else's fun plans," the 29-year-old Manhattanite says. "I don't have that warm and fuzzy feeling."
    Gattsek can't afford the $700 plane ticket to visit her boyfriend in Atlanta. Plus, she has to work on Christmas Eve. With nothing much to look forward to, she's suffered from low energy since Thanksgiving and has a bad case of the holiday blues.

    Why it's easy to hate the holidays