The holiday blues are as real as seasonal depression, which is as real as post-partum, which is as real as egg nog. We are human beings and we all experience emotions. Emotions are what drive us to act a certain way. Sometimes the activities associated with the holiday season generate particular emotions and put us in certain moods.
There is no shame is experiencing the holiday blues or year-round depression. What is important is that you recognized what you are feeling and address it in a healthy manner. Here are a few hints to help you if you do get a case of the holiday blues.
Helpful Hints to Turning Around Your Holiday Blues
Helpful Hint #1
Do something you’ve never done before. Go sledding, try skiing or snowboarding, make a gingerbread house.
Helpful Hint #2
Spend time with people who care about you. When you are feeling down, get around the people. Reach out to the people in your life.
Helpful Hint #3
Give back to those in need. Many non-profits are looking for volunteers this time of year. Think of a cause you feel passionate about and go help. Helping others makes you feel good.
Helpful Hint #4
Try your very best to forget about the past and focus on your present. Think about the little things in your life that bring you joy.
Helpful Hint #5
Stay active. The more active you are the more endorphins you create. Endorphins make us feel happy, so rear in gear people. When you’re having that winter Netflix marathon do a few sit ups between each episode.
Helpful Hint #6
Accept that you may be feeling sad, stressed or lonely. These feelings might not go away just because it’s the holidays. If you’ve noticed you can’t shack whatever these feelings are get help. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help any time of the year.
The holiday season can be magically, but it can also be a time of sadness. If you are experiencing the holiday blues please try some of the hints. If they are not working please reach out. If you’ve had thoughts of hurting yourself or thoughts of suicide please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.