Feeling blue? Here’s how to beat holiday stress and sadness
Sadly, the Holiday season is not the most wonderful time of the year for everyone. In fact, many people find this season extremely stressful with everything that’s going on and the tension that comes with some during gatherings. And for those who lost a loved one, a job, or anything important to them, this season might be extra tough. It may also be harder to see the light at the end of the tunnel when everyone around you is just so happy and occupied.
If you belong to this group of people we have just described, know that it’s okay to feel sad and that you are not alone. You can always reach out to us through our website. But in the meantime, we’d like to share these practical tips to help you beat holiday stress and sadness.
1) Recognise your emotions
Know that it's acceptable to feel stressed, sad or grieving even during the holiday season especially if you’ve been through a lot. Whether you’ve lost someone or something important to you, can’t be with your loved ones for various reasons, or simply not feeling it, know that it’s okay. Don’t try to hold everything in and fake a smile. Allow yourself to feel that way and cry if you need to. As they say, healing comes through tears most of the time. Sitting through your emotions will make you feel a lot better than bottling them all up.
2) Know that you’re not a downer this season
Many people feel guilty for being sad or stressed during the holidays because they think that they’re ruining the mood. If you’re experiencing this, please don’t be too hard on yourself. Know that it’s not your fault that you’re feeling that way. Ground yourself through prayer and meditation to stop you from going on a downward spiral. And if possible, be honest with people around you regarding how you feel.
3) Set some time for yourself
It’s true that holidays may force us to go out and attend gatherings. However, be realistic and learn how to say no in case you really can’t handle it. Alternatively, you may want to spread out your commitments so you don’t feel overwhelmed. In between your holiday commitments, make sure that you allot some time for yourself and do at least one thing that makes you feel better. It can be going out for a walk, spending time in nature, journaling or meditating.
4) Be realistic
Don’t succumb to the pressure of creating the “perfect holiday” for you or your family. More often than not, this could lead to unnecessary stress making your holiday worse. Instead, be realistic about what you can do and focus on the things that really make the holidays special for you. It’s okay to set limits about the time and money you can spend to lessen the pressure and stress.
5) Seek help
If you’re feeling sad, overwhelmed or stressed, know that it’s okay to seek help. If you’re stressed with all the holiday preparations, try to share the tasks with someone else. If the sadness is unbearable, try to talk to a trusted friend about how you feel. And if it persists, you may also approach a professional.
You’re not alone
Know that you don’t have to go through everything on your own. Be willing to sit through your feelings, seek help and allow others to help you. After all, the holidays are more than just gifts and cheers. It’s ultimately about looking back on the year that was, and gazing on the Savior who came to save us from darkness.