Are you ready for this holiday season?
This is a season of thanksgiving, a time for giving and a time for fun with loved ones!
While this is true for many of us, but it can also be a time of fear, loneliness and depression for many people.
I was reading the Psychology Today Magazine and read the article below and want to share it with you.
It’s written by one of my fellow Social Workers, Mark Sichel L.C.S.W.
It features the symptoms of the Holiday Blues which include headaches, insomnia, uneasiness, anxiety, sadness, intestinal problems, and unnecessary conflict with family and friends.
Some of the cause of these symptoms include stressful holiday events, Over-drinking, overeating, and fatigue. The demands of the holiday shopping, cooking, travel, house-guests, family reunions, office parties, more shopping and extra financial burden.
More importantly, the article offers 10 great tips to overcome the holiday blues.
“Here are some tools to get through the holiday season happily, as well as ways to prevent problems and misery for yourself and your loved ones.
1. Be reasonable with your schedule. Do not overbook yourself into a state of exhaustion–this makes people cranky, irritable, and depressed.
2. Decide upon your priorities and stick to them. Organize your time.
3. Remember, no matter what our plans, the holidays do not automatically take away feelings of aloneness, sadness, frustration, anger, and fear.
4. Be careful about resentments related to holidays past. Declare an amnesty with whichever family member or friend you are feeling past resentments. Do not feel it is helpful or intimate to tell your relative every resentment on your laundry list of grievances. Don’t let your relative do that to you, either. If you need help with unburdening yourself of your investments, check out these seven strategies for giving up resentments.
5. Don’t expect the holidays to be just as they were when you were a child. They NEVER are. YOU are not the same as when you were a child, and no one else in the family is either.
6. Feeling like you are under scheduled or under planned for the holidays? Volunteer to serve holiday dinner at a homeless shelter. Work with any number of groups that help underprivileged or hospitalized children at the holidays. There are many, many opportunities for doing community service. No one can be depressed when they are doing community service.
7. Plan unstructured, low-cost fun holiday activities: window-shop and look at the holiday decorations. Look at people’s Christmas lighting on their homes, take a trip to the countryside, etc.–the opportunities are endless.
8. If you drink, do not let the holidays become a reason for over-indulging and hangovers. This will exacerbate your depression and anxiety. Contrary to popular opinion, alcohol is a depressant. Alcohol is a depressant. People with depression shouldn’t drink alcohol”, says Sherry Rogers, MD, in her 1997 book on “Depression.”
9. Give yourself a break; create time for yourself to do the things YOU love and need to do for your physical and mental wellness: aerobic exercise, yoga, massage, spiritual practices, taking long fast walks or any activity that calms you down and gives you a better perspective on what is important in your life.
10. Most of all, if you find yourself feeling blue just remember: The choice is always yours: The sky is partly sunny, and the glass is half full and revel in our gratitude for our bounty, health, hope, and our courage to face each day with hope and determination.”
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