Managing the Challenges of the Holidays
The holidays can be a fun, and exciting time, filled with happy memories. But, for many people, it can also be a time of sadness, bad memories, and regrets. As a therapist, I see many people, before, during and after the holiday season who are struggling, despite feeling like they should feel happy. I have written this article to help those who struggle during the holidays based on what me and my clients have found have helped them get through the holidays and into the new year.
8 Things To Do This Holiday Season
- Don’t Beat Yourself Up: for previous failings during the holidays. Each year is a new opportunity to do better and make things right
- Be Thankful for the Good Things: don’t dwell on the negatives-it doesn’t help- but only makes you feel worse
- Reach Out: set up time to meet with any family or friends with whom your enjoy spending time
- Avoid Problematic People Or Situations You Know Will Set You Off: the holidays is not always the best time to mend fences as feelings and memories may impact your ability to make gains. At the same time, it may be a good time to do this if you assess you can handle this and that the other person is receptive
- Give Back: helping others less fortunate than you not only makes others feel good but helps the giver
- Stay Active: given the fact that most people eat more than they should and exercise less, it is important to make the time to go for walks, go to the gym, do yoga, bike, or any other activity you find helps you feel better
- Take Time To Connect to God or Spirituality: If you find sustenance in connecting with a higher power use this time to connect
- Get Help: If you are feeling depressed, use some time off to get some support. Nobody needs to suffer alone, and many people report that therapy is effective in helping them feel better
If you’d like help figuring all this out or just want some support before, or after the holiday- give me call to set up a time to get together.
Summary: article on How To Beat The Holiday Blues by Richard Beaupre