Christmas and New Year are just around the corner. With all the preparations, the holidays can certainly be overwhelming. Although joy and excitement are often expected at this time of the year, feelings of depression and sadness cannot be disregarded.
If you’re feeling the holiday blues, know that you are not alone. With that, here are a few suggestions on how you can prevent or cope with the holiday blues:
Limit your social media use. Stop scrolling on your Instagram and focus on your reality. What people post on social media is not always what it seems, keep this in mind when you are feeling down. Cherish your time with your loved ones!
Watch what you eat. Did you know that there are foods that can cause you to have a poor mood? These include sugar, caffeine, and alcohol so make sure to limit your intake. It’s best to balance out these treats with some healthy meals so your mood won’t be affected!
Set boundaries. Know your limits and don’t be afraid to say no to things — even people that may cause you stress. Only focus on what brings you joy, otherwise avoid it.
Focus on yourself. Evaluate your life and express gratitude, may it be the smallest or biggest blessing. Practice self-compassion as it is known to lower levels of anxiety and depression. Along with this, It is also important that you find time to do what you love or whatever brings you fulfillment.
Just Relax. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the holidays. Set the mood, by lighting a scented candle or perhaps using an essential oil. Doing so will engage your senses and it will help you have a calm environment.
With these tips, hopefully, you no longer feel blue. When it comes to your emotions or daily struggles, remember that you are not alone. It’s normal to feel sad sometimes, but if these feelings persist longer, do not hesitate to reach out to a loved one or even a doctor.
Happy Holidays and may you be happy!