Special thanks to Kelley Breidigan, full-time CSW senior lecturer, who spoke with Angela An, WBNS-TV10 anchor and reporter, for several interviews about dealing with the stresses that come with the holidays, January’s Blue Monday and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
To kick off 2022, the station talked with Breidigan about how along with a new year also comes anxiety around what it may hold, especially as people continue to deal with the uncertainty of COVID19. Will things finally get back to normal in 2022? When can people stop wearing masks and social distancing? Are more COVID19 variants and boosters on the horizon? Now add the usual heavy weight of expectations for a new start and unrealistic resolutions, and people are dealing with even more stress. Whatever the new year ushers in, stress will certainly be on the list.
Breidigan’s interview focused on the new year’s opportunity for growth and personal change in a pandemic world by beginning 2022 coping with stress and anxiety. She specifically discussed a new trend that social workers say seems to already be catching on in 2022: finding the joy of missing out (JOMO) as opposed to the popular fear of missing out (FOMO). Listen to the interview or read the story here.
The third Monday in January is called Blue Monday, also known as the saddest day of the year, and although it’s just one day, many experience Seasonal Affective Disorder all winter. Breidigan spoke about SAD depression, its signs and symptoms and treatments. Listen here or read here.
In November, Breidigan addressed Thanksgiving and how with the price of food and practically everything else increasing, celebrating the holidays can bring financial pressures and the heavy weight of expectations. Dealing with new family dynamics, a change in traditions, broken family ties and now COVID19 and heightened political tensions can also be stressors. Breidigan offered coping tips and strategies. Listen here or read here.
Breidigan has served at the college for 10 years and continues to be an expert source on handling varying types of stresses.