Many of us are excited and ready to enjoy the holiday season. However, many people are dealing with family disharmony or grief over the loss of a loved one. Those people often deal with stress and depression during the holidays. Most of us are focused on what we are “required” to buy everyone and the pending debt that comes from keeping up with the Joneses.
To help you to cope with some of your holiday stress and depression read the following suggestions:
Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season, not Apple, Android, Windows, etc.
Set realistic goals for the season. Commit to only what you can do or buy without stretching yourself too thin or going into debt. Prioritize.
Stretch out your holiday visits and activities. Alternate the years that you will travel to visit family members with staying home and having a more relaxing holiday with your immediate family. (Personal Note: This year I prepared the whole Thanksgiving dinner the day before so that everything only had to be warmed up on the actual day. My family said it was the best Thanksgiving we’ve had in years because I was able to watch TV and play games with them instead of cooking all day!)
Be grateful for the blessings you have. Don’t focus on the “the good ole’ days.” Volunteer and do something for someone else.
Start a new tradition or way to remember someone special that was lost.
Have fun doing free activities. For example, drive around to look at over the top Christmas decorations. Many neighborhoods have contests and some people just like to do it up every year!
Enjoy the holiday season and be blessed!
Megan R. Lee, LPC-S
Clinical Director of Family First Counseling
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