How to Beat the Holiday Blues
The holidays are a time we expect to feel happy being around those we love, but with the stress of preparation, family drama, grief, and the cost of gifts and food, the happiness can easily turn into holiday blues. No matter the reason you’re feeling down this holiday season, the good news is that there are ways you can combat this feeling. All you need is to refocus and make some small adjustments to help get that happiness back for the holidays.
How the Holidays Can Get You Down
Many do not understand that holiday blues are a real problem. Feelings of loss as we think about loved ones who are not with us or disappointment at what we can actually afford or have time for can overwhelm our emotions at this time of year. The holiday blues then set in, presenting with troubling symptoms such as:
Find the Heart of the Season
The holidays tend to take on a life of their own and become about food, decorations, gifts and impressing company. It is too easy to forget about the real heart of it: Love, family, friends, helping others. If you are feeling down this holiday season, here are a few ideas to help you find the heart of the season.
- Make extra time to spend with those you love and who love you well
- Watch a heartfelt Christmas movie such as It’s A Wonderful Life or White Christmas
- Perform acts of kindness: Hold the door open for someone, feed the homeless, help carry a heavy item for someone
Change Your Focus
The perfect holiday is in your head…this idea that you feel you have to live up to. We have all felt that way, and no matter what this idea is modeled after, when you can’t live up to it, you feel disappointed. Instead, come up with a new picture – something that is ideal for you in your current situation.
Get Into the Mood
Are you in the mood for the holidays? Maybe you are feeling a little down because you just can’t feel the holidays yet. Get together with your family and do an activity or two that makes you feel like the holidays are here. This could be as simple as baking a festive dessert or writing down the things you are thankful for.
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