According to many studies, holidays increase feelings of loneliness and despair. The death of a loved one or unmet expectations of renewed happiness during the holidays are often sited as causes for feeling blue during the Christmas season. Throw in Seasonal Adjustment Disorder, and some of us may feel like we should hibernate until springtime.
Although not an all inclusive list, the following suggestions may help fight a blue holiday.
Watch holiday classics, sip hot chocolate, and eat Christmas cookies. Or skip the movie and just eat cookies. Watch a funny movie. Watch something uplifting. Watch The Princess Bride for the umpteenth time. Watch a musical, just not The King and I. The ending makes me cry every time.
If dealing with the break-up of a romantic relationship, stay away from the Hallmark Channel. Even if the guy gets the girl by the end of the movie, and maybe because the guy gets the girl by the end of the movie, those movies can make us feel lousy.
Read a good book. Try out a new creative outlet. Exercise. Go throw an axe.
Attend holiday events. Window shop. People-watch. Purchase something for someone in need. Volunteer for a worthy cause. Get in touch with a friend we haven’t spoken with for awhile.
Listen to music. Something I find especially helpful if I’m really in a funk, is listening to something snappy which sets my feet to tapping. Something I can warble out loud to. Avoid those beautiful ballads like, My Heart Will Go On, and The Way We Were, unless you really need to cry it out. If that’s the case, set a limit to how long you’ll give yourself to feel the pain.
Make new traditions if need be. Life is not static. It moves and flows with each breath we take. It’s okay to change things up a bit. If it doesn’t work, try something different.
What’s the best way you’ve found to help fight a blue holiday?
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I waited patiently for the Lord‘s help; then he listened to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 (GNT)
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