I hope your holiday season has been fun so far, but if it hasn’t been that fun – take heart because research shows that 46% of all Americans actually dread the holidays. So, today I’m going to be sharing with you 3 tips to avoid the dreaded Holiday Blahs and Blues – because we know that the holidays are not always the “most wonderful time of the year” for many people, and for many reasons. But, we don’t have to let the holidays feel like something we need to dread, or tune out, or let them get us down.
Tip #1: Set Realistic Expectations
Basically – this is a reality check, because no matter how good your holiday season is, it rarely lives up to the picture perfect image of holiday love and joy we see in the media (TV, movies, magazines). Also, there are many reasons you may not feel joyful right now – you may be going through a rough patch – maybe you’ve lost a relationship, a job, or someone you love is sick or even passed on recently. You may be ill yourself. Maybe you can’t be with your family this season. Or, you may just personally feel stuck or unfulfilled at the moment, and your bliss is not flowing through you.
But, take heart – remember this, the picture perfect image we see all around us in the media is not realistic . . . and if you’re holiday isn’t stacking up the same way the media is portraying it, it’s O.K. But, a word of caution, don’t set too low of expectations either, like saying, “This holiday is going to suck, or be horrible because (insert the issue you’re having) because those thoughts will attract and manifest bad experiences. Try to keep a more balanced approach. Stay open to a good experience and that’s what you’ll create, no matter what.
Tip #2: Don’t Compare Your Holiday Experience with Others:
It’s easy to think that everyone else is having that picture perfect holiday, or life, and you feel like there’s something wrong with you because you’re not having a magical holiday. Not that many people don’t have a beautiful holiday experience, research shows that 46% of all people actually dread the holidays (because of some of the reasons I mentioned before). So, please don’t compare yourself to anyone else – it’s never a good idea.
If you find yourself feeling let down, or comparing yourself to others, Practice the mindset of acceptance and Gratitude every day. Keeping a positive mindset, one of acceptance and gratitude will keep you from slipping into the blahs or the blues. Start your morning with thoughts of Gratitude and acceptance (not settling, but knowing the difference between what you can change and what you’re powerless to change – aka: the Serenity Prayer).
Tip #3: Avoid overindulging in Sugar and Alcohol:
The holidays are a whirl of constant holiday gatherings, office parties, and so on, and sugary treats and alcohol are everywhere. But, beware – research shows that overindulgence in sugar and alcohol lead to depression (or at least the blahs . . . mild form of depression). So, practice moderation and you’ll have a better chance of avoiding the blahs and blues. This doesn’t mean you are a Grinch or a killjoy . . . partake, just do so in moderation. Everything works better in moderation.
So, those are my 3 tips to keep the holiday blahs and blues away. If you enjoyed these tips, you can get more of them on my Facebook page.
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Love and blessings,