Here are some of the signs of the holiday blues:
Loss of interest in socialization and activities that were once pleasurable
Change in eating and/or sleep habits
Physical symptoms such as stomach problems, headaches, grinding teeth, etc.
If you’re starting to notice the holiday blues, here are a few tips to help you find some holiday cheer!
1. Are your expectations for the holiday season realistic? We look at social media, watch the holiday shows and we set our expectations to match what we are seeing. Instead take the holiday season, one day at a time and just enjoy the present moment.
When we set unrealistic expectations or compare ourselves to others, we end up feeling worse.
2. Support System: This is the time to keep in touch with loved ones. If you can’t meet in person, spend some time chatting over the phone.
3. Extra Support: If you notice a pattern of the holiday blues then prepare by setting up a professional support system for the holidays. Whether it’s a therapist or life coach, make sure your support system is intact for the holidays.
4. Let go of the unimportant things: Don’t worry about the things that really don’t matter like the having all the holiday decorations, the perfect place settings or the perfect gift. Instead remember what’s truly important – connecting to others!
5. Triggers: Prepare for the holiday season by knowing what and who triggers your stress or brings up past baggage. Set up limitations and boundaries that are healthy for you.
6. Pay it Forward: We feel better when we help others so take some time this holiday season to do random acts of kindness for friends and family members. Volunteering is another way to lift your spirits and others. It’s a win-win!
7. Schedule: Keep your schedule/routine. When we stay in our routine, we feel a sense of comfort and normalcy. Keep your exercise and meditation routine or any other daily rituals that keep you grounded.
8. Don’t beat yourself up during this time of year: Actually, try to never do this. For many of us, the dreaded self talk we have is on autopilot. We don’t even notice or pay attention to these negative thoughts. For this holiday season and new year, let’s change that. Be aware of your negative self talk and remind yourself to stop it! When I hear my negative thoughts, I say to myself: Stop! These thoughts do not serve me.