Holiday Blues

The holidays are supposed to be fun-filled. Shopping, eating, drinking, and simply being merry. But for a lot of people the holidays are the total opposite. Psychologists call the 5 week period from Thanksgiving to Christmas the season for the Holiday Blues. The anticipation and stress that comes with shopping for gifts, preparing for out-of-town guests, cooking huge meals, and the financial aspect often turns the holiday into a season you would rather skip. Here are a few tips to get you through in one piece and hopefully by the end you can actually say you enjoyed yourself!

1. Don’t overextend yourself! You don’t have to be at every holiday party or every potluck. Choose wisely on the events that you go to and maybe cut out events where you will see a lot of the same people multiple times.

2. Let go of the bad things that may have happened on past holidays. Yes Uncle Jimmy and Cousin Frank got into a fight last Thanksgiving but don’t let that ruin this one.

3. Switch things up! If you hate cooking that big meal, maybe this Christmas will be Taco Bar Night or Make Your Own Pizza day. Have fun with it and think outside the box!

4. If shopping becomes overwhelming because you just don’t know what to buy, go do volunteer work. A local soup kitchen or homeless shelter would love to have you. And it will remind you of all you have to be thankful for and make you feel good about helping others.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember that the holidays are our chance to celebrate the past year, express our love to our loved ones, and cherish what we have.

Happy Holidays!!

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