It is true that with joy comes sadness, and Christmas is no exception. Many of us suffer emotionally through the holidays and there are many reasons why we do - fatigue, financial stress, family tension, and unrealistic expectations are all factors.
We tend to be more social during the holiday season, which can really wear you down. However, I still think the easiest problem to remedy in the cycle of Christmas blues is fatigue.
When you are headed to a party, or parties for that matter, decide ahead of time when you want to leave the party. Make sure to discuss your desired departure time with your party partner since being clear on this should alleviate some of the family tension mentioned above. Also, start saying your goodbyes 30 minutes before you want to leave. Farewells take longer at the holidays since there are so many good wishes to impart.
Just remember sleep can be the magic tonic you are looking for, so protect it like a precious jewel. Set a bedtime, stick to it and keep your sleepy time routine.
For more on the Holiday Blues, check out the University of Maryland Medical Centers feature story Beat the Holiday Blues.