The festive season from Christmas until Lunar New Year is a time of year when single men and women sink into "the holiday blues," if the results of a study released yesterday by a singles group are to be believed.
The survey, conducted by the Hsinchu Science-Based Industrial Park Singles Club, interviewed 1,100 of its members from Dec. 1 to Dec. 20.
The results showed that 90 percent of the respondents are emotionally unstable during the two-month-long festive season.
Some of the "symptoms" res-pondents described included anxiety, temper flares, amnesia, an inability to focus, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, tightness in the chest, "feeling old" and bickering.
According to the study, the holiday blues are prevalent among singles aged between 30 and 45, with the feeling of loneliness being cited as the main reason for their mental instability.
As a result, many singles feel aimless in life, indulge in binge drinking and over-eating, or become shopaholics.
Lu Jui-chi (盧瑞琪), the club's supervisor, said that singles should try to broaden their horizons and make friends with other singles.
Experts say holiday blues generally are not serious and fade after the holidays.
However, they advise those who find themselves in a prolonged depressed mood to seek professional counseling.
The experts advise those seeking a romantic relationship to go out and make friends, rather than just waiting for things to happen.
For those who are not ready to enter a relationship, experts suggest joining an organization to do volunteer work.
According to the experts, one of the best ways to move beyond one's own loneliness, sadness and stress during the holidays is to lend a helping hand to someone in need.
Alternatively, singles can seek out the soothing atmosphere of a sacred space, such as a church or temple, to reflect upon the true meaning of the holidays.