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Holiday Blues Busters
The holidays can make you feel a little down in the dumps, especially if things aren’t going well in your life overall. Filled with nostalgia for the past and thinking of all the things you have lost rather than all that you have in the present, you may find it hard to be happy for the holidays.
Holiday Blues Busters Tips
- Take the pressure of the Holidays. Treat the holidays as any other time in your life. You don’t have to build up this time of year as some magical time of year that could not possibly ever live up to your expectations. You can make your own traditions and your own way to spend the time without having to live up to an ideal.
- Stay Active. Exercise and regular physical activity can build up your endorphins and keep you from feeling down. Instead of wallowing in your funk, you should go for a walk or go to the gym to get your blood pumping and feel energized.
- Treat Yourself. Do something that you truly enjoy. Love horror movies? Give yourself a marathon scare fest. Like to play video games? Try out a new game you have been dying to play. Don’t worry if what you love has nothing to do with the holiday season. Just enjoy.
- Keep Busy. Focus on a project, your hobby or a volunteer activity if you are feeling lonely. Giving yourself something to do can help pass the time and distract you from concentrating on what you don’t have or what is missing from your life.
- Experience Gratitude. Find something that you can be thankful for and allow yourself to feel gratitude. Gratitude can put a smile on your face, boost your immune system and cause you to engage in more pro-social behaviors that make you feel good about yourself.
- Take it Easy. Don’t try to be everything to everybody. You don’t need to cook all the big meals, invite everyone to your house or go to every party. Instead of going all out and stressing yourself out in the process, why not have a potluck in the place of doing all the cooking or just have a small gathering of close friends and family? Be conscious of how stress can take a toil on your body and get you to feeling down.
It is natural to feel a little down around the holidays. Don’t beat yourself up about feeling unhappy. Instead, take some proactive steps to try to beat the blues so that you can continue to take care of your health and well-being during the holidays.