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‘Tis the season to be….

'tis the season to be...As we approach Christmas, we are reminded that Christmas is a season to be looked forward to and hope that it will be a time full of happiness, but often the anticipation and excitement can turn into feelings of depression, commonly called Holiday Blues.

Symptoms associated with Holiday Blues can include:

  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Uneasiness
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Intestinal problems
  • And unnecessary conflicts with family and friends.

There are a lot of demands during this season:

  • Shopping
  • Cooking
  • Travel
  • House guests
  • Family reunions
  • Office parties
  • More shopping
  • And extra financial burdens

which can all lead to the Holiday Blues.

Some of the ways to help you relax and enjoy the silly season are:

Prioritise

Organise you time and not over book yourself. Create a schedule for yourself (even if you have to schedule relax time) and delegating duties to your other half, or other family members.

Be realistic

Do not fight against the feelings you have, as this could just make you bluer. Instead be kind to yourself, seek help if you need it.

Take care of your body

Exercise, eat, and drink well. Instead of making a New Year’s resolution to join a gym, start a diet or walk the dog more often; why not start it now. Not only will it be good for you, but it will be good for the soul as well.

Remember to breathe

During this busy season no matter what you are doing, remember to take a moment, put whatever you’re doing down and take a couple of deep breaths. It only needs to be a minute. Just gently relax your shoulders and your jaw (as no doubt it will be clenched) and take a deep breath in, and then steadily breathe it out. You will be the better for it.

Grieve

I know myself, I have done this 6 Christmases for my son that was born still. Each year we decorate his special space, so that he doesn’t miss out on Christmas. It has been a tradition for my husband and me, and now we share it with Jensen’s Brother and Sister.

Each Christmas, I give myself a time to cry, remember and try to heal. So if you have lost a loved one, give yourself some time to Grieve, and maybe honour this special someone in some way, like having their own special space.

Volunteer

A great mood lifter is helping the less fortunate.

Leaving a gift under the giving tree at your local shopping centre or church is a great option. Another option is getting some friends, work colleagues, or even your family together and creating a hamper to donate to charity, this way the charity can give it to a needy family so they might have a happier Christmas.

 

Now I know there are probably a lot more tips out there, but these were my top 6. I guess my number one tip is to enjoy yourself. Let the smiles and excitement of your family members infect you, and I hope you and your families have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

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