Around and during holidays,especially New Year,a lot of people declare that they are caught up in that holiday overwhelming emotional stress.
If family gatherings,endless parties and shopping are wearing you down,than you might know that you are not the only one in this!
Finding The Holiday Spirit
With a bit of foresight and planning, however, holidays can leave you feeling up, and not down!
Spend some time figuring out how to take care of yourself during this time.Come up with routines, such as reading a book or napping,or something else. In between of shopping and baking, make sure these routines don’t fall by themselves.
Figure out what basics are going to help you get through the holidays and make them a priority.
Keep Modest Expectations
Don’t get hang up on what holidays are supposed to be.Don’t compare or idealize.Get real.In such way you won’t loose ground under your feet feeling bad.
Do something Different
Try something different.Celebrate Thanksgiving at a restaurant, or spend Christmas day at the movie theater.Skip gifts and donate to charities instead.
Avoid Family Conflicts
There are a couple ways to save your sanity at family gatherings. If you know there are going to be conflicts, prepare a neutral response.You can always offer to help in the kitchen, or to go hanging out with the kids,which is good way to avoid possible conflicts.
Forget About Perfection
People suffering from depression, during the holidays even feel worse. From decorating to finding the perfect gifts, you might feel overwhelmed. When you take your eyes off of yourself and focus on those who have far less than you do, you can’t be depressed.You mustn’t be.It is a good timing to learn to be more grateful for the blessings you’ve had.
Learn To Grieve
If you are mourning a loved one, it’s a good time to talk about your feelings or reach out to support groups.It’s not uncommon to feel angry at the person for leaving you alone or, feeling guilty if you do enjoy yourself during the holidays.
All feelings are a sign that you’re human and reflect where you are in your healing process.Find positive ways to remember your loved ones.
Holiday activities can easily wear you off and might interfere with your good sleep.There is a link between sleep loss and depression, therefore, you’ll need to be extra careful about cutting back on sleep just to get everything done.
Try to go to bed, and wake up at approximately the same time every day.
Avoid large meals and physical activity few hours before bedtime, and make your bedroom to be a sleep sanctuary, free from TV or other distractions.
It is one of the first activities to loose in the holiday madness.The more stress you are under, the less time you feel you have, and the more irritated your mood is, the more you’ll need to continue exercising.
Get out and do something.It helps use those calories from rich, fatty, sugary holiday foods.Exercise has been shown to improve mood. Taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes five days a week (or 60 minutes three times a week) can be of much use.
Expose To Light
If you are consistently tired, irritable and down at this time of year, it may not be due to the holidays as much as to the lack of exposure to the Sun.
Seasonal affective disorder(SAD) can be treated by long walks during daylight hours or exposure to a light box for about 30 minutes a day.
Save yourself from the crowds and do online shopping.It is much easier and less stressful.And you will do bulk shopping.Much better!
Stick To A Budget
The holidays shouldn’t be all about the presents, but financial woes can make it easy to lose sight of that.You can also try other things:bake your gifts, or create new traditions to follow.Be creative!
Eat And Drink In Moderation
When you are facing many holiday parties and family gatherings ,it is hard to resist all the food and drinks and stay committed to your diet.Don’t go overboard with everything.
Have one piece of pie, not three. Apart from being unhealthy for your body, you will feel guilty afterward.Prepare for holiday dinners by eating healthy meals the weeks prior.
DON’T use alcohol to deal with holiday depression. Alcohol can intensify your emotions and leave you feeling even WORSE!
Are you anxious? Then listen to your favorite music. Hearing music you love, can easily relax your blood vessels and increase the blood flow. It will calm you down and it is proven that it is good for your heart and mind too!
The holidays may break you down, but PLEASE don’t focus only on the bad.Holidays may even take you into deep introspection of yourself and make you see all your imperfections at a glance.But,do focus on GOOD.Negative thinking will just trigger higher stress to your body!
REMEMBER, holidays are time for celebration with your family and friends. An optimistic outlook will surely help you to deal with all the challenges that are coming your way…