POST FESTIVAL WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME Can Lead To Depression. Switch To Your Zen Mode With The Top 10 Tips!!!

POST FESTIVAL WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME must be differentiated from depression. Happiness during festive season is quite normal. The after-effects of the festive season in terms of mental and physical health must be dealt with care. Here are some tips that can get you back on track and normalcy.

Everyone waits for the festive season. You experience joy and happiness all around you with many gatherings and festive treats. We are in happy mode and in a super joyous mood with the holiday season. Now getting back to work and normalcy in life is quite a tedious task. 

So what makes you happy during the festive season??

Festive treats  Gathering with near and dear ones OR  Is it the holiday season 

Well, there is science behind it. During this festive season, with the sweets and gatherings, you tend to release the feel-good hormones in your body which are ENDORPHINS which make you feel happy.

So what happens to the body and mind POST FESTIVE SEASON? 

It goes into the state of gloomy mood and sort of depression which is “POST FESTIVAL WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME”

What is “POST FESTIVAL WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME?” Is it similar to depression?

The celebration and joy all around you give a boost and kick start to your mood. The color, lights, sweets, and people all around create a great impact on your mood and makes you feel happy, and release the feel-good hormone. It's all the game of hormones.

Let's put it in simple words, After all the celebrations and excitement you step into a state of mind which is called “PFWS” where you tend to feel low, sad, and gloomy. 


There is a scientific answer to it. Yes, it can lead to chronic depression based on the fact if it lasts for more than 3 months. 

The withdrawal symptoms last for 2 -4 weeks. But can lead to a problem and become chronic and if it lasts for more than 3 months to 6 months. 






A sudden feeling of low mood after the festival 

Constant feeling of low mood 


Thinking about the festival season makes

Constantly overthinking 

you feel good 


Non -ignorant to things 

Ignorant to things 


Feels sleepy all the time

Sleep and wake cycle disturbed 

(as if in holiday mood ) 


Acute: Last for around 6 weeks - 2 months 

Chronic: Last for around more than 3 months 


Counseling and natural remedies help 

Conventional treatment and its side effects 


What is depression? 


Family history: Genetics play an important role   Brain structure and metabolism: Reduced glucose to the brain  Medical condition: Chronic conditions which are difficult to cure.  Childhood trauma: Impact on mental condition due to traumatic situation  Drug use: Longer-term medications like Blood pressure problems or diabetes  


Mood: Low  Appetite: Diminishes appetite or Binge eating  Sleep: Disturbed  Activity level: No desire to work or exercise Thoughts: Overthinking


Medical treatment: Antidepressant, Anti-anxiety, and antipsychotic medicine Supportive therapy: Homeopathy and Ayurveda  Psychotherapy: Talk therapy and counseling

TOP 10 Tips to help you out the post-festive  season to switch to ZEN MODE 1..2..3 

Stay happy, Think positive, stay motivated  Eat right: There are various sweet fruits that can help you stay healthy and release the tryptophan in the body and charge your mood. Sleep: Your biological clock must work right. Have a good refreshing sleep.  Exercise: Exercise is a natural stress buster  Go shopping  Meditation and yoga  Switch to Ayurveda  Try herbal teas which calms you down  Take your multivitamins and omega supplements. Try homeopathy


No, there is no treatment available for a short-term low mode which is considered normal for 2 -3 days. However, it can lead to chronic depression if not taken care of at an early stage  

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