Some years it seems impossible to beat the holiday ‘blues’. Stress, loneliness, grief, loss, conflict, and unrealistic expectations can cause us to focus our attention on what’s wrong or bad with ourselves, others, and the world around us. Our view can darken to a point where we overlook what’s good and right. Here are some ideas that might help ease the pain:
1. Let go of expectations. Take a moment to feel and express gratitude.
2. Create me time. Be kind to yourself. Do something for you.
3. Do it differently. Volunteer. Serve a holiday meal. Go to a movie or restaurant.
4. Join a faith or interest based community.
5. Reach out for support.
6. Say no.
7. Try not to abandon health habits. Pay attention to nutrition, exercise and sleep to boost your resilience.
8. Practice loving your enemy.
“When you have a bad day, a really bad day, try and treat the world better than it treated you.” Patrick Stump