For some, the holidays bring a time of excitement and anticipation, but for others, the holidays usher in thoughts of despair. At a time when people are expected to come together to share in a joyous time, some may be reminded of loved ones who have passed. This time of year can also remind some of how much they have while for others it is a reflection of how little they may have. It's no wonder that Christmas time has the highest rate of depression.
Below are a few tips to help you fight the holiday blues:
1. Set realistic holiday goals. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to buy the most expensive gifts for your loved ones. Remember it is you that they love not the gift you buy them.
2. Don’t let a financial slump dictate your mood this year. Remember you have the power to be in a good, great, or awesome mood.
3. If you drink, keep it to a limit this holiday season. Alcohol can only make matters worse and feelings of depression and despair may seem insurmountable.
4. Be there for you. Take time to do something nice for YOU, for once. This holiday season, start a tradition to do something you love to do as a present to yourself.
5. Feed the homeless. Volunteer at a local shelter to help feed the homeless. It is a great way to do something for others. In addition, it is a real eye-opener that can help you to remain thankful for who and what you have in your life.
6. Visit the sick and elderly. Take your mind off of your troubles and pay a visit to hospitals. Read or chat with the elderly who may not have family or anyone to visit them around the holidays.
Remember that the holiday season is what you make it. Surround yourself with friends and family that love you for who you are. Most of all, love yourself, give yourself a break, and allow yourself to enjoy the holiday season.
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