The holidays can be a time of great joy and happiness. A time when family and friends get together to feast and exchange gifts. However, this time of year can also bring about difficult emotions like anger, sadness and guilt. Here are some tips to keeping the holiday blues at bay.
1.Be grateful for the little things. Sometimes just having gratitude for things we take for granted everyday can be helpful and lighten your heart. If you have a roof over your head, clothes on your back and food in your belly then you’re doing better than a lot of other people in the world.
2.Try giving to the less fortunate. Look through your cupboards. Can you spare a couple cans of something? Drop it off at a local food bank. Giving often feels better than receiving!
3.Don’t have the extra cash? Volunteering your time doesn’t cost a cent! Nursing homes, homeless shelters, animal shelters are all great places to start.
4.Make a phone call. When is the last time you had a conversation with a friend or relative that lives in a different area than you? Not only will this lift your spirits it will do the same for the person receiving the call!
5.Give the gift of love- to yourself! Do something for yourself, make yourself feel the love you are missing. Try watching a movie that brings you comfort. Treat yourself to a great cup of coffee/tea or meal.
6.Most importantly remind yourself that this will pass. Nothing lasts forever to include uncomfortable emotions. Accept that everyone has felt “bad” at some point and know that right around the corner you will feel good again!
If you are feeling suicidal please call 1-800-273-8255. You do not have to go through this alone!