The holiday season is a busier and more stressful time. We have more things to do, more things to buy, there is more traffic, parking is more difficult, stores are crowded and we wait longer. The extra demands on our time, attention, energy and finances can be strained, and for some, the “holiday blues.”
There are many factors that can cause feelings of sadness, loneliness and stress associated with the holiday season. It could be the loss of a loved one, the stress of not having extra money for gifts, or negative childhood experiences. The holidays can be a reminder of the things we desire but do not possess.
Here are a few coping tips:
- Create a gift list to prevent impulse purchases.
- Be realistic when shopping, stick to your budget and create alternative gifts.
- Stay active. Volunteer or spend time with others to eliminate feelings of loneliness.
- Don’t dwell on the past; you can only change your future.
- Stay in routine with healthy habits.
- Learn to say no; don’t over extend yourself with commitments.
- Seek professional help if needed.
Enjoy this season of your life! You might discover a happy and colorful holiday.