Feeling sad, depressed, like you lost your best friend, stressed? Well, why? Look outside, look up at the sky and see the clouds, the sun, the stars. You’re breathing, moving, able to get around; you have A LOT to be thankful for! Don’t you just hate it when folks say that when you’re down?! You just want someone to sympathize, maybe even pity you a little. ADMIT IT!
Well, I feel that way from time to time and I’m a Professional Leadership Coach and a Licensed Professional Counselor! So I am empathizing with you. I want you to know it is not abnormal when you feel sad, depressed, down, or stressed, especially during the most wonderful times of the year! Meaning, if you feel that way, you should not be made to feel worse for feeling sad, depressed, down, or stressed! First of all, your feelings are natural emotional responses that, if you are human, you will experience them. It is all in the manner of how you manage your emotions and feelings.
Start off by processing why you feel the way you feel. During the holidays, when most are jovial and ecstatic, you may have lost a loved one and are depressed over your loss, or you may be alone and your loved ones are far away, or just plain stressed out because you lost your job and have no money to buy gifts for your babies.
Well, if you fit any of these descriptions, you will feel sad, depressed, down, and stressed.
So how do you deal with the Holiday Blues?
Recognize it’s not abnormal to feel sad or depressed during this time.
It’s OK to Cry!
Create new traditions for a new type of remembrance.
Don’t try to be everything to everyone during your time of grieving! Be real with yourself!
Reacquaint yourself with long lost friends or love ones.
Get plenty of sleep and exercise!
Try limiting your drinking and eating, excessive drinking and eating will contribute to depression and associated guilt.
Spend time around the ones who care about you!
Limit your time around folks who just drives you crazy!
Do free activities, walking, donating time at a shelter or hospital.
Keep your loved one’s memory alive by sharing their favorite story or song with others, etc.
Stop, take a breather. Recognize your limitations and work with where you are. Play the hand you are dealt with. Be real with yourself, adjust to your situation, and then everyone else will adjust to your situation, too!
There is no right or wrong way of dealing with Holiday Blues. Try a few or all these examples that pertain to you, and come up with ones on your own that will be safe and healthy.
NOTE: Do not clinically diagnose yourself! If sadness persists, long periods of crying, anxiety, or stress, please take necessary steps to see a clinically trained professional….. LIKE ME! Contact us to see how we can best support you.
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