The holiday season can bring on a bout of stress and depression, which can be tough because it seems as if the whole world is bursting with the holiday spirits. Just know that you are not alone, the person at the holiday party dancing and seeming to having a great time, might be having a difficult time also. Take comfort that there are ways to deal with holiday blues and in turn finding the holiday spirit.
Keep your expectation realistic- During the holidays we tend to have unrealistic expectations, and when those expectations fall short we beat up ourselves. Be realistic in your expectations for the holidays and you will enjoy is far more.
Do something different- We all have family and cultural traditions that dominates the holidays but these traditions can become great stressors. So instead of subjecting yourself to the same ole same, create your own traditions and do something fun or even choose to volunteer during the holidays.
Lean on your support system- This time of year can be especially difficult if you are dealing with depression or grief; don't forget your close friends and family because they are there to get you through the tough times.
Ask for Help- If you are feeling overwhelmed during this season as for help. So if you need help cooking, wrapping the gifts or putting up the lights ask for help from your love ones.
Don't worry about things you can't control- Don't spend your time worry about the things and people you cannot control. Uncle Tom will get drunk, your sister will bring her new boyfriend, cousin Mary will start singing during dinner these aren't things you can necessarily control. Just focus on your actions and reactions because those are the only things you can control.
Forget the unimportant stuff! Don't sweat the small stuff, and take time out to enjoy the holidays.