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3 Tips on How to Overcome Holiday Stress and Depression

December 10th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

thumbnail.aspxChristmas time, what a wonderful time of year!  An evening drive around the city is eye candy.  Spectacular light displays, Christmas cards, music we hear only once a year, parties, and getting together with loved ones.  If this time of year is so full of wonderful things, why are more people stressed and depressed?

This has been a tough year on a lot of people with the economy and job losses.  Money can be tight this time of year.  People are trying to spread themselves thin with all the holiday activities.  How can we enjoy the seasonal activities and still keep our sanity?  Here are few tips and techniques that might come in handy.

1.  Get enough rest.  When we are battling fatigue our nerves can become very close to the surface.  For most people 7 – 8 hours a night is optimal.  The holiday season, before Christmas to after the New Year dawns, is a time when our usual time commitments can be added to very easily.  It can feel like the entire family is going all directions, running 100 mile an hour with their hair on fire.  Being well rested can help our stress levels.

2.  Learn to say no.  It can seem like adding one or two extra volunteer projects should be easy enough.  But, one or two more things can stretch the already busy schedule to critical mass.  Think it over carefully before volunteering for each project.

3.  Decide to enjoy Christmas!  For someone that has lost a loved one near Christmas, or family can’t make it home to celebrate the season, this can be a long and lonely holiday season.  Try out a few new holiday traditions.  Most of all, especially when  grief is involved, be kind to yourself.  It is OK to be sad when you’ve experienced loss.  That is a natural reaction.  Try not to block yourself off from others.  If you are alone for the holidays, this would be a good time to find others that are in the same situation.  Fill that lonely time by being of service to others.  The homeless shelter might need help serving Christmas dinner, or volunteer to deliver Christmas baskets to the poor.  There are trees in hospitals and grocery stores that have children’s names and ages and suggestions for gifts that you might enjoy shopping for them.  Seeking out the company of other people might give a small reprieve from the sadness. If it becomes unbearable, seek out a professional who has been schooled in dealing with grief and talk with them; clergy, doctors, or mental health professionals.  Don’t be ashamed.  Everyone needs a little help at times.

I have included a link to an article that goes into more detail and could be helpful to you.  May you have a blessed Christmas season!

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