Beating The Holiday Blues

Harry Hoover
Dec 3, 2019 · 3 min read

Got the holiday blues? It’s that time again and a lot of people I know get down this time of year. There’s pressure on us to be happy, feel fulfilled, enjoy family parties and office festivities. It’s not always easy for a variety of reasons.

I get why people react this way. My dad died on Christmas Day in 1963 when I was 11. It took me a long time to come to grips with that. But I’ve put that behind me and am able to enjoy the holidays again. I remind myself what the holidays are about and tune out the overly commercial aspect of what Christmas has become.

I also try to find something to do to help others. Nothing like helping someone else to boost your mood.

Psychology Today has some good tips to beat the holiday blues:

1. Be reasonable with your schedule. Do not overbook yourself into a state of exhaustion-this makes people cranky, irritable, and depressed.

2. Decide upon your priorities and stick to them. Organize your time.

3. Remember, no matter what our plans, the holidays do not automatically take away feelings of aloneness, sadness, frustration, anger, and fear.

4. Be careful about resentments related to holidays past. Declare an amnesty with whichever family member or friend you are feeling past resentments. Do not feel it is helpful or intimate to tell your relative every resentment on your laundry list of grievances. Don’t let your relative do that to you, either. If you need help with unburdening yourself of your investments, check out these seven strategies for giving up resentments.

5. Don’t expect the holidays to be just as they were when you were a child. They NEVER are. YOU are not the same as when you were a child, and no one else in the family is either.

6. Feeling like you are under scheduled or under planned for the holidays? Volunteer to serve holiday dinner at a homeless shelter. Work with any number of groups that help underprivileged or hospitalized children at the holidays. There are many, many opportunities for doing community service. No one can be depressed when they are doing community service.

7. Plan unstructured, low-cost fun holiday activities: window-shop and look at the holiday decorations. Look at people’s Christmas lighting on their homes, take a trip to the countryside, etc.-the opportunities are endless.

8. If you drink, do not let the holidays become a reason for over-indulging and hangovers. This will exacerbate your depression and anxiety. Contrary to popular opinion, alcohol is a depressant. “People with depression shouldn’t drink alcohol”, says Sherry Rogers, MD, in her 1997 book on “Depression.”

9. Give yourself a break; create time for yourself to do the things you love and need to do for your physical and mental wellness: aerobic exercise, yoga, massage, spiritual practices, taking long fast walks or any activity that calms you down and gives you a better perspective on what is important in your life.

10. Most of all, if you find yourself feeling blue just remember: The choice is always yours: The sky is partly sunny, and the glass is half full and revel in our gratitude for our bounty, health, hope, and our courage to face each day with hope and determination.

Need some more holiday blues beating ideas. Check these out. So, let’s try these tips and beat those holiday blues.

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Harry is a copywriter & the author of Get Glad: Your Practical Guide To A Happier Life, Moving to Charlotte: The Un-Tourist Guide, & Born Creative.

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