Fighting the Holiday Blues

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Is it really? For many, the holiday season is a somber time where we remember loved ones lost or the scarcity and pain in our lives. Here are some ways to combat the holiday blues.

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  1. Reach out!

    As human beings we need to be with people. Making new memories is a great way to combat the holiday blues. Don’t have plans for the holidays? You still have time so start making some! Ask around to see what others are doing or create your own event by inviting friends. You’ll never know the fun you could have.Closely related to the first suggestion is this second suggestion:

  2. Lend your time.

    Do some volunteer work! Go serve food to the homeless. Look for ways to brighten someone else’s day. When you do these things you will see the joy in others’ eyes and in turn that joy will return to you. This will also enable you to spend time with others.

  3. Watch some funny movies.

    There is nothing like a good comedy to lighten your mood. Go for a classic or perhaps a movie you’ve seen recently that really had you laughing. The more funny movies you watch the better you’ll feel. They may or may not be holiday related, that’s entirely up to you and whatever will make you feel good.

  4. Read.

    Pick up a good book (or two). There’s nothing like getting lost in a good book. Go to your local library, bookstore, or look online for suggestions on books you can read. Once you have a good book pick a unique spot somewhere to read it. Maybe go to a park – somewhere peaceful and relaxing.

  5. Talk it out.

    Talk to someone such as a trusted friend, religious leader, or a counselor. Talking it out with someone can be very helpful and therapeutic. It’s better to get it out than let it fester. When we let our bad feelings sit inside of us for too long our feelings can begin to affect both our mental and physical health.

No matter how you’re feeling this holiday season, remember that there are always people available for you. I hope these suggestions will help you or someone you know during the holidays. If you don’t need this article please share it with someone who might.

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