Christmas is a time of happiness and good cheer for many, but what do you do if you don’t feel the good cheer? What can you do if the season just depresses you and gives you the Christmas blues? Here are some ideas of how you can stay sane over the Christmas season.
There are many reasons why Christmas doesn’t put a smile on everyone’s face. Finances can be an issue, visiting family that you don’t often see, and missing the people you have lost over the years, can all leave you feeling less than happy. Just remember that Christmas only lasts a few days, it will soon be over and done with, so try to relax into the festivities, a new year is right around the corner. To alleviate the Christmas blues, and some of the stress why not start by making a few lists; for example, what you have to buy, who you have to go and visit. Then cross out everything that isn’t absolutely essential. If money is an issue, only buy what you can afford and leave the credit cards at home. Think of homemade presents you could give instead of expensive ones, remember that it’s the thought that counts.
Many people feel the loss of their loved ones even more at Christmas. Christmas is a time of memories, and it can leave us saddened that our friends and family aren’t with us to share in the festivities. Give yourself time to grieve. Pay a visit to their resting place if you can and spend a few minutes thinking of all the good times you shared. If you can’t visit an actual location, give yourself mourning time to help you combat the Christmas blues. Light a candle for them, and concentrate on all the good things of their life. On the other hand, you may be missing the people that you cannot be with, but who are still with you, if this is the case, make a time to share in a Christmas phone or Skype call so that you can connect over the Christmas season.
We can’t choose our family! Many people get the Christmas blues when they think of spending hours with relatives they can’t stand, or having to visit in-laws that drive them mad. If you really have to make that visit then limit the time you will have to spend with them. When social situations get tense, remove yourself from the room. Go to the kitchen or the bathroom and breathe deeply. Calm yourself by taking long, deep breaths and relax for a few moments before returning. Taking a few drops of Rescue Remedy, or inhaling a calming scent like lavender or chamomile will also reduce your anxiety.
You can beat the Christmas blues by cutting out the stress, giving yourself time to think of the people you have lost and connecting with the ones that mean the most to you. If you have to go visiting, limit your time in a stressful situation and escape to try and enjoy a little bit of Christmas for yourself. Remember there’s a new year coming. The Christmas blues will soon be over and you can plan for a fresh start and a happy new year.