Battle the Holiday Blues
The holidays are supposed to be a time of much cheer. But for some, they can be a struggle. Fortunately,there are a number o easy ways to keep the holiday blues at bay. The most important thing to remember is that feelings of sadness are a perfectly normal way to respond to a stressful time of year so there’s no reason to be hard on yourself.
If you find yourself feeling down, try one (or more) of the following tips to lift your spirits and get you back in the holiday game.
Find Gratitude: Write down a handful of things that you feel grateful for. Review each topic, close your eyes and re-experience the memory of the feeling that goes along with it. Try to feel it in your body and immerse yourself in the experience.
Try Mindfulness Meditation: Mindfulness meditation requires sitting with your emotions, just as they are. Instead of focusing on what went wrong in the past or what might go wrong in the future, maintain awareness of the present to reduce stress and find peace. If distracting thoughts enter your mind, brush them aside and return to the present.
Write it Out: Try keeping a journal or blog about your feelings. Take time each day to sit down and write out your feelings and what you think is causing them. Come back to your entry a day or two later and see if you have any additional clarity. This is a great way to process your emotions.
Reach Out: Humans are social creatures. Isolation can deepen sadness and stress. Surround yourself with people who care about you. If you are feeling lonely, get out of the house even if you don’t feel like it. Consider volunteering for non-profit organizations or visit the humane society or a nursing home. As well as getting some good contact/cuddle time it’s a good way to remember the spirit of giving for the holiday.
Get Help: Don’t be afraid to seek professional help if your efforts don’t alleviate feelings of sadness. Professional help can be extremely beneficial this time of year.