Do images of happy families, luxurious gifts, abundant meals, and beautifully decorated homes make you feel sad, lonely, and stressed during the holidays? If you answered yes to this question, you’re not alone.
For many people, the holidays are a reminder of loved ones who are gone, family conflicts, and financial difficulties. They also can underscore feelings of inadequacy as the New Year approaches and you take stock of the goals you didn’t reach during the previous year.
The good news is there are practical steps you can take each day
to guard against holiday blues!
Five things you can do to stabilize and boost your mood during the holidays are:
Summit Medical Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Director James Korman, PsyD, ACT, recommends taking time from holiday activities to rest and reflect. Dr. Korman says, "Attending many holiday parties can tire you, overspending can cause emotional stress, and trying to please all your family members and friends can leave you feeling overwhelmed. For these reasons, I recommend keeping your activities simple and realistic during the holidays. Focus on spending time with people instead of buying gifts and be sure you take time to exercise, eat right, get some sunshine, rest, and repair."
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