Christmas can be a very lonely time for some. Although this is a time of holiday parties and cheer for many, for others it is a sad time. This is really a tough time when a person has experienced loss within the past year. Some are still grieving loss for years ago. So what do the lonely really do to keep themselves from falling into a “deep” depression this time of year? There is no real simple answer to this age-old question.
I could tell you that you won’t experience any emotional pain in Christmas season but that would not be the truth. I could also say “shop until you drop” to fight the pain. However, this is only a temporary fix. However, there are a couple of steps that might help you fight the dreaded “Holiday Blues.”
Check out my list below:
- First prepare for it. (Holiday Blues) Be pro-active. You know that this is an issue that you have dealt with in the past, so just prepare yourself.
- Don’t isolate. Be sure to stay around persons with “positive energy.” Drop the negative friends right in through here.
- Be careful with over-eating and lack of exercise. Don’t over do it with the sweets and carbohydrates. It is important to practice healthy eating habits especially around the holidays.
- Watch your alcohol intake. Remember alcohol can cause depression. It brings up the past in ways you may not want to remember.
- Plan your holiday activities. Don’t be too spontaneous because you may have a “bad day” and end up just not wanting to plan not to do anything. If there is already something planned you may be less likely to cancel.
- Put up at least a few decorations. No you don’t have to over do it. But do something to get in the true spirit of the Holiday Season.
- Finally believe that things will be better. Speak those positive affirmations daily. “I will not be depressed this year. I am going to enjoy the holidays. I had a good year in spite of the divorce.” (lol)
- Don’t make too many “major” life changes in the holiday season.
I hope this helps. Feel free to stop by the office if you need a little more support during the holiday.
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