Do you have the “Holiday Blues”?

Do you have the “holiday blues”? For some, it’s easy to become depressed during this time of year. The let down from all the family gatherings, credit card bills, constant house guests, adjusting to the new year, etc. Here are some ways to keep those feelings at bay:

  • Keep expectations for the holiday season manageable by not trying to make the holiday “the best ever.” Try to set realistic goals for yourself.
  • Pace yourself. Organize your time. Make a list and prioritize the most important activities. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. -Do not spend too much time preparing for just one day (Christmas).
  • Remember that the holiday season does not automatically banish reasons for feeling sad or lonely; there is room for these feelings to be present, even if the person chooses not to express them.
  • Let go of the past! Don’t be disappointed if your holidays are not like they used to be. Life brings changes. Each holiday season is different and can be enjoyed in its own way. You set yourself up for sadness if everything has to be just like the “good old days.” Look toward the future.
  • Do something for someone else. It is an old remedy, but it can help. -Try volunteering some time to help others.
  • Enjoy holiday activities that are free such as driving around to look at Christmas decorations. Go window shopping without buying anything.
  • Don’t drink too much. Excessive drinking will only make you more depressed.
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a way you have not done before.
  • Spend time with people who are supportive and care about you. -Make new friends if you are alone during special times. Contact someone you have lost touch with.
  • Find time for yourself! Don’t spend all your time providing activities for your family and friends.

– Indiana University of Pennsylvania