10 Tips For Beating The Holiday Blues
Hidden inside of everyone’s joyful holiday spirit, we all know that sometimes we need a little help with the “holidays blues.” Continue reading as Washington Psychological Wellness shares some great dos and don’ts on how to beat the “holidays blues.”
10 Tips To Beating the Holiday Blues:
- Stay Busy
You’ll be more focused on having fun than thinking about your problems. If you stay active, you won’t have as much time to think about what might happen this holiday season, and it will give you an escape from your worries.
- Start Planning
When you start planning for the holidays, you will feel better since it means you’re actually preparing for the holidays and not allowing them to completely overwhelm your life. Have fun with the planning and get excited!
- Enjoy movies and television shows
If you love movies, especially those that involve the holiday spirit, this is a great way to make yourself feel better about your holiday blues because it’ll remind you of what’s great about the holidays and what could also be great in the future. Not into holiday movies? No worries, enjoy any movie or show that brings you joy and peace.
- Make a list of your favorite holiday things
Make a list of your favorite holiday movies, songs, activities, and events to remind yourself why the holidays are so great. If holidays aren’t your thing, why not make a list of things you are thankful for in general? Perhaps you can make a list of the beauties of winter or even time off from school or work.
- Spend time with friends or family
Spend time with friends and family who are going through a similar situation as you. Sometimes you just need someone to relate to but also someone who will be there for you if you’re having a rough holiday season.
- Keep your expectations realistic and enjoy the simple things about the holiday season
If you keep your expectations realistic and just try to enjoy the simpler things in life, then you’ll feel much better than if you were to stress about every little detail of the holidays.
- Have a “holiday party” with your friends or family
This is a great way to get together with your family and friends and enjoy each other’s company.
- Just let it go
There are a lot of things in life we can’t control. Sometimes we need to accept that and move on with our lives instead of beating ourselves up for trying to control every little detail in our lives.
- Take care of your mental health
If you let yourself get too overwhelmed at any point during the holidays, then you might become depressed or anxious. Instead of letting this happen, just talk to someone about your problems. Perhaps it’s time to seek mental health counseling or therapy. Your mental health is much more important than being “holidays ready.”
- Give yourself credit for not being perfect
We are all human and can’t do everything at once, so when you put so much effort into the holidays, it’s nice to give yourself some credit because none of us are perfect human beings.
So, if you have the holiday blues, don’t sweat it. Put yourself first, take care of your mind, body, and spirit, and let the holidays dazzle you and surprise you with their magic! And for those of you who are having a great holiday, be sure to share this post with your friends and family to help them with their holiday blues.
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