Feelin’ Down?! How To Fight Depression During Christmas

 Christmas sadness

A lot of people tend to get depressed around this time of year. Winter has just begun and people are spending more time with family & friends during this Christmas season. For those of us without close friends or who aren’t near our family it’s easy to feel down. Here are some tips on how to fight the sadness during the holiday season:

 

  • Don’t worry about being alone – Being alone during Christmas isn’t the end of the world. Even though it is a very “special” holiday, it is just one day out of 365 and there will be many other times to celebrate with family or friends.
  • Consider people who aren’t as fortunate as you are – If you have to spend the holidays alone (whether by choice or not) consider spending time with others who are less fortunate than you are. You have a roof over your head, clothes on your back, food to eat and even a computer at your fingertips! Volunteer at a shelter, feed the homeless or donate clothing to the needy.
  • Celebrate with extended family – Just because you’re not related to someone doesn’t mean they can’t be considered family. You can spend this holiday season celebrating with friends, colleagues or even perfect strangers! (You never know where you might get an unexpected blessing!)
  • Try to stay as positive as you can – “Turn that frown upside down!” Even if you can’t help but to feel sad, it doesn’t hurt to try and stay upbeat & positive. Your attitude says a lot about who you are and you never know who may be looking up to you. Negative energy can not only bring you down but it can rub off on others around you. Put a smile on your face & be grateful for all you have.
  • Make someone else’s day – Writing this blog makes me happy so if there is something that you can do to make someone else’s day, do it! This is the season for giving not receiving. Go out of your way to do some good for another person.
  • Give “gifts” to yourself – Why wait for Christmas Day to open give gifts? Treat yourself to something special this holiday season. Whether it’s something as simple as sleeping in or as expensive as a vacation, just know that you deserve it. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of others throughout the year.
  • Focus on good memories – Everybody has some good memories from their past. Even if things aren’t going perfectly in your life right now, try to recollect some positivity from the past. When I think about certain things from my past (fun days from college, a trip with my girlfriends, a great day at work, etc….) it can put a big smile on my face. Reflect on the “good old days”!
  • Imagine what you can do next year to make Christmas even better than this year – It’s never too early to plan for next year. What would you like to do differently? Who do you want to spend the holiday season with? Where do you see yourself at the end of next year? Look forward to the possibilities of 2015.
  • Be grateful for whatever it is you have – Surely, there is someone who has less than you and it just doesn’t help to focus on what you don’t have. As the saying goes, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” The opposite of “grateful” is desperation and neediness. So accept where you are and what you have, even if it’s the worst possible situation or next to nothing.
  • Think of all the people around the world that are going through something – No one’s life is perfect, as we are all going thru something. Know that you are not alone and if someone else can get through it, so can you. Be grateful for where you are in life & what you have while looking forward to doing & having more.
  • Look forward to next year – Expect bigger & better things for yourself next year. I believe that 2015 will be a great year for me & I hope it is for you too!!

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