- Mental Health
7 Tips to Beat the Holiday Blues
It is the merry-making season, a time to be happy, joyful and thankful. However, this is not usually the case for everyone. The endless shopping sprees, congestion in malls, a thousand and one things to do before D-day and the sad reminder of misfortunes, losses, and goals not achieved may bring your spirits down. If you have gone through the distress of losing a loved one, just the thought of them not being around can cause sadness. Financial losses and not having enough to spend may also cause holiday blues. If you find your spirits low this holiday season, here are a few tips to beat the holiday blues.
Dwell On The Positive Parts Of Your Life
It might seem like it was not the best year for you but there are some positive things you can still focus on. Are you healthy, do you have the love and support of loved ones and are there some things you have been able to achieve, such as losing a few pounds or finally getting that diploma you have always wanted to? There must also be some positive aspects of your personality that touch people’s lives. Just thinking about how you have been able to impact others can set you in the right mood. Thinking about the positive aspects of your life will kick you back into the right spirit.
Find Positive Things To Do
One thing about the holiday season is that it’s a time not only to celebrate and enjoy the company of good friends and loved ones but it is also a time to reach out to the hurting and not so fortunate in life. Do you have clothes you can give out to the needy, do you know of a family that is going through some challenges or is there a relative you have not talked to for a long time? Just reaching out to the people around you can leave a positive mark in their lives and at the same time lift your spirits.
If you are a good cook, make an excellent dinner for a family you know cannot afford a decent meal this season, give out those toys to children who might not get any and call someone you have not been in touch with for a long time just for the sake of keeping in touch. They will feel appreciated. The more you reach out to help others, the more you will feel better. You can also make a list of kind things you would like to do the whole month of December on a daily basis such as helping someone, visiting or buying a gift or just holding the door for someone.
Do Not Stretch Yourself Too Thin
Making a list of the things you would like to do will help you become real. You do not have to do everything. This is a time to relax, enjoy the company of loved ones and stay within your limits. Overspending might bring instant gratification but might cause you some pain and regrets afterward. You do not have to attend every party or buy a gift for everyone. Just do what you can. Also, you do not have to invite everyone over for dinner at your house if you cannot handle the pressure. It might also be too expensive. If you can afford to and want to invite friends and family members, it is okay to ask for some help. Cooking and taking care of the guests can be too much work for you to handle alone. Arrange in advance for some of the relatives to help along.
Do Something Positive For Yourself
People tend to concentrate too much on pleasing others during the holidays but one of the tips to beat the holiday blues is doing something nice for yourself. Take yourself out, take a day off from all the hassles, read a book, buy a cute outfit or get a new look. Whatever makes you feel good will lift up your spirits!
It Does Not Have To Be A Perfect Holiday
Childhood memories may paint a picture of how the Holiday's should be, but as you age, you will realize that some of those things cannot be attained. For instance, it is not a must you spend the holidays with all your family members in one place. It is perfectly okay to be alone and happy. Distance, financial limitations, and busy lifestyles have altered the way holidays were celebrated. Accept that things have changed and look for new ways to be happy.
It's Not All About Spending Money
The notion of how the Holiday's should be has become twisted over the years. If you get back into perspective, it is not about how much you spend but how much you think of what the holiday means to you. You don’t have to spend a lot to get into the holiday mood.
Create Traditions That Make You Happy!
Maybe one of the things that is making you sad is the inability to keep up with the Holiday traditions. For some reason, you cannot be with all your loved ones or buy the things you want. Instead, start your own traditions such as going to a local church to attend the holiday celebrations. Visit a home for the aged or children, read a Holiday related book every day of the month or try some fun DIY things related to the Holiday's. You can try baking, making ornaments or decorating your Christmas tree.
These tips to beat the holiday blues are good for helping you step out of the cloudy feeling and enjoy a merry holiday season. If you wait for the sadness and disappointments to pass, this may never happen until you decide to take the initiative to change the situation. It might be hard trying to put yourself in the right mood, but at the end of the day, you will be glad you did it.
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