How to Beat the Holiday Blues

The holidays are supposed to be a time of cheer and joy, but for some of us, it can be quite a different story. The holidays can be a stressful, chaotic time with lots of shopping, cooking, and parties, which can cause some to become very overwhelmed, anxious, or even depressed. Others may get the holiday blues because they are lonely and miss their loved ones who are no longer with them. Some may get down because they don’t have a lot of money to spend on presents or decorations. Fortunately, there are many ways to lift your spirits and help you cope with the stress and anxiety of the holiday season. Forget the “Ideal Christmas” – Many people create a picture in their minds of what the “ideal Christmas” should look like – you know, the Norman Rockwell picture of the perfect family gathered around the wonderfully decorated Christmas tree, opening lots of presents, and their faces are full of laughter and cheer. Give yourself a break and realize nobody is perfect – it’s okay that you aren’t perfect and your family isn’t perfect. Sometimes we try to do too much during the holidays and that can overwhelm us: Don’t commit to cooking that seven-course holiday dinner. Don’t invite a million people over to your home for this year’s holiday party, or better yet, don’t have one at all. Tell your children instead of buying a ton of Christmas presents this year, you’re only going to purchase a few items. Start a new tradition and exchange homemade gifts. Christmas should be about spending time with our loved ones...