Tips For Dealing With The Holiday Blues

Posted by Creatiq Support | Saturday, December 23, 2017

Tips For Dealing With The Holiday Blues

Posted by Creatiq Support | Saturday, December 23, 2017

The holidays are often thought of as the most wonderful time of the year. We
have images of families gathering together for holiday meals, children playing,
holiday decor, friends and family exchanging gifts, snowy scenes with snowball
fights, and warm drinks by the fire. But for many people, this is not reality.

The holidays can be a stressful time, even for those who are surrounded by
family and friends. Expectations can be high, setting people up for
disappointment. Trying to please everyone can be exhausting, and there is often
financial strain. For those who have lost loved ones, or have broken
relationships, the holidays can be lonely, and even feel isolating. 

So what can we do to make it more bearable, and keep the blues away? First,
realize that you are not alone. If you’ve felt like the only person who isn’t
thrilled during this time of year, you couldn’t be more wrong. Depression is
often at a high during the holiday months.

Next, get rid of any expectations you have. Wipe the “expectation
slate” clean, and start fresh. Look at your list of “holiday
to-dos” and remove anything that isn’t truly important, or doesn’t matter
to you. It’s ok not to put out all of the holiday decor. Having your meal
catered, or utilizing the local bakery for desserts, can take a load off,
giving you more time to relax. Use gifts bags, rather than wrapping your
presents. Anything that you can simplify, will make your holiday easier. Too
much trouble to get the annual photo Christmas cards out? Don’t do it! The
world will keep spinning, and if these cards are important to your family and
friends, consider sending Valentines cards instead, when things have settled
down. 

Are finances getting you down? Talk to your loved ones, setting new limits
on the cost of gifts. This will eliminate the fear of having someone spend more
on your gift than you were able to comfortably spend on theirs. Perhaps you can
suggest the family play a game of Secret Santa, rather than buying for each
person, or even make homemade gifts, which can feel special. 

The hardest things to deal with during the holidays has to be the loss of a
loved one, and broken relationships. In these circumstances, you may have to
allow yourself some time to grieve. Just don’t get stuck in this frame of mind.
Make sure to surround yourself with others who love you. Do something to honor
the ones you have lost. You can give to a charity in their name, and make a
special ornament to honor their memory. 

For those who do not have family or friends close by, don’t be afraid to
reach out. There are likely others near you who may be in the same boat. It
could be an opportunity to make new friends and connections. It is also a good
time to volunteer your services at shelters or orphanages. This will give you a
sense of purpose during the holidays, and you will experience the joy of
helping others. 

Take these steps to cut down on holiday stress, and try to enjoy the little
things. Before you know it, another holiday season will have passed, and Spring
will be on its way!