From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, the holiday season brings not only joy and excitement but stress and anxiety as well. However you choose to celebrate, you can benefit from developing a plan to stop the holiday blues from getting you down this year.
Before the holidays even begin, recognize how you feel about them. If you have experienced change or loss throughout the year, express your feelings rather than suppressing them.
Too many people get the holiday blues because they enter the season with too high of expectations. Instead of falling for that trap, try to go with the flow more this season.
No one should have to go through the holidays alone. If you are feeling low, reach out to a friend or family member you haven’t spoken with in a while. You might be surprised to learn they are missing you, too.
You can minimize your stress and anxiety levels by planning out a holiday schedule in advance. If you notice too much down time, you can then add new holiday activities to your agenda.
One way to forget about your own problems is to help someone in need. If you have the time, you could volunteer at a soup kitchen or assist with a local toy drive.
Just because you may be feeling blue, doesn’t mean it’s time to overindulge. Practicing healthy eating habits this holiday season will place you in a good position to start the New Year off right.
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