Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues
Once again the holiday are upon us, which means it’s time for festive parties with family and friends, exchanging gifts, sharing stories and laughter. For many people the holidays bring on feelings of sadness and anxiety that can be hard to shake. Feelings of sadness and anxiety are common during the holidays but not inevitable. The reasons for feeling blue around the holidays are numerous. They range from fatigue, a result of all of the increased holiday activity, to financial limitations and family tension.
Following are a few things you can do to help keep holiday stress and anxiety at bay:
Start by being honest with yourself about what you can and cannot handle during the holiday season. We could all use a good dose of reality now and again. There is nothing wrong with admitting to yourself that you can’t do it all.
Set realistic goals. If your holiday plans require you to run around shopping, wrapping gifts and going to parties until you are exhausted, then your plans are not realistic. The first plan to have in place should be to pace yourself, schedule in time for rest and relaxation so you won’t be grouchy or testy.
Delegate! Delegate! Delegate! I can’t say it enough, delegate! Don’t try to do it all by yourself. People often want to help and be involved. By breaking down task and doling them out to family and friends everything becomes more manageable.
Monitor your drinking. It’s easy to over indulge around the holidays, but if you’re already depressed, excessive drinking will only make you more depressed and stressed.
Spend some time alone. Some people love the energy and exuberance of big holiday parties and activities. For others, all of the festivities can be very taxing. If you find yourself getting anxious or stressed, take a break. Find a quiet place to relax and recharge your batteries.
Go for a walk! Walking, like other exercise can help you to achieve a number of health benefits such as improving your mood, lowering your blood pressure and boosting your metabolism.
Volunteer your time. One of the best antidotes for the holiday blues is to do something for someone else. Not only will you be helping others, but doing so will add a lot of meaning to your holiday season.
Think positive. Instead of thinking about what you can’t do (negative). Be grateful for the things you are able to do (positive).
Set 10-20 minutes aside before each event to relax, reflect and re-energize.
If despite your best efforts to remain upbeat this holiday season, you find yourself feeling down for a sustained period of time, get help. Talk to someone. Don’t try to go it alone. By talking to someone about your feelings, problems or concerns you can often gain insight to other solutions, possibilities or opportunities you have not considered.
Most of all have a happy and joyous holiday!