POSTED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 10:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 10:30am
TYLER — Anna Nunn is a life-long East Texan.
She tells KETK as Thanksgiving and Christmas come and go, she has had cases of the 'Holiday Blues' in the past.
She works a lot and doesn't get to spend as much time with her children and grandchildren as she'd like to.
"Yes, and everybody's you know, out doing things and having a good time, and...sometimes i have to work," Nunn said.
Liza Ely, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tyler tells KETK, 'Holiday Blues' are something she sees a lot of here in East Texas.
"Be it emotional, or physical, or expectations. We often have expectations that holidays will be a particular way, and they rarely are," Ely said.
Ely says expecations usually equal...upset.
"You know the Norman Rockwell kind of image of family, which is not typical," Ely said.
She says oftentimes, we take on too much during the holidays and throw off our normal routine.
And nutritionally speaking, watching what we eat can help with depression as well.
"Processed sugars deplete our body of B vitamins and that's mostly what we eat during the holidays. B vitamins are the ones that we need to manage stress," Ely said.
For East Texans like Anna Nunn, this year she's hoping to kick those Holiday Blues - in hopes to spend time with her grandson.
"I'm hoping to see if I can work my schedule a little bit different, certain weekends so I'll have more time with him," Nunn said.
We also asked Liza Ely about some of those older folks who just tend to get sad for no reason during the holidays.
She says they may have lost family members that they associate the holidays with.
So she encourages doing something she calls a 'Celebration Circle' this holiday season -- where you go around the room saying something good about one of your loved ones - something she hopes will kick those blues.